Ottawa Irrigation Tips for First Time Homeowners

Owning a home for the first time is both a daunting and exciting experience. Becoming a homeowner comes with all sorts of new responsibilities, including lawn maintenance. If you've never cared for a lawn, it can be tough to know what techniques work and what don't. One thing is certain for most first timers – water is essential. From there comes the fairly easy conclusion that inground sprinkler systems are just as important to maintaining a healthy lawn.

Ottawa irrigation systems take a good portion of the work out of lawn care, but only if you've installed one that gets the job done effectively. On top of that, there are other lawn care tips that you'll want to look out for if you want your lawn to be green and your inground sprinkler system to be as effective as possible. Read on for tips from Nutri-Lawn Ottawa to get your lawn started with promise.

Set up reliable inground irrigation systems
Above ground sprinklers may be a fun kid activity in the summer, but when it comes to starting up a home with the best lawn care possible, inground sprinkler systems are going to be the most advantageous option. These will take the work out of lawn care by running automatically at the most effective time of day – early morning. Your lawn will be watered the right amount each time, so you don't have to play the guessing game.

Many first time homeowners don't realize the importance of Ottawa irrigation systems, remembering fondly the days when running through the sprinkler was the highlight of a summer afternoon. But once you have to be the one to set up that sprinkler system, it's not so fun anymore. While setting up an irrigation system may look like a hefty price following an already expensive home purchase, it will save you money in water conservation, particularly when you get one of the Nutri-Lawn Ottawa inground sprinkler systems with water conserving technology. It's a smart investment, rather than an expense.

Test your soil
Understanding your soil is the first way to create a productive lawn care routine. By testing your soil, you may find that you'll need a healthy layer of topsoil so that your lawn will retain water. Or, you may discover that the variety of grass sown by the previous owners isn't the best kind for your soil type.

Nutri-Lawn Ottawa recommends that before you commence with lawn maintenance, test your soil to avoid wasting water, resources, and money. From here, you can decide on the grass, plants, and services with which to begin your lawn care routine.

Plant the right grass variety
The variety of grass that is appropriate for your lawn will vary based on the region, climate, and soil type. Certain grasses that are more acclimatized or naturally discovered in the Ottawa region will require less maintenance than those that have been brought in from other areas. This means that your Nutri-Lawn Ottawa inground sprinkler system won't have to work as hard to attain premium results and that your lawn will be getting the most out of your fertilization.

Grass can even be replaced in some areas with native ground covering plants. Some of these include:

  • Canada Mayflower
  • Bunchberry
  • Wild ginger
  • Violets
  • Wild strawberry

Enjoy lazy gardening with native plants
As with grass, there are certain plants that won't require the same levels of maintenance as non-native plants. Native plants have adapted to the Ottawa region and climate. These will take less maintenance, meaning less water from your irrigation system. A few options for native plants are:

  • Witch-hazel
  • Sugar maple
  • Gray dogwood
  • Nannyberry

If you use these tips with a good inground sprinkler system, you'll be on your way to a healthy and beautiful lawn. Get started on your inground sprinkler system program today with a complimentary quote from Nutri-Lawn Ottawa.