Understanding the Ontario Pesticide Ban

The Ontario-wide pesticide ban came into effect on April 22, 2009 (Earth Day). This ban prohibited the use of more than 250 popular pesticides as well as an additional 80 chemicals. While it's been more than two years since the ban came into place, many Ottawa residents are still struggling to keep the weeds and pests away from their property. If you're constantly hand-picking weeds from your lawn, stop! The lawn care experts at Nutri-Lawn Ottawa have a number of safe and environmentally-friendly treatment techniques that are sure to improve the look and health of your lawn. From our innovative automatic sprinkler systems to our government approved bioherbicide solutions, Nutri-Lawn has all the tools you need to keep your lawn lush all summer long.

What You Need to Know About the Ban
The pesticide ban is an Ontario-wide initiative to cut back consumer use of harmful chemical pesticides. The ban is on the sale of pesticides that are used "for cosmetic purposes on lawns, gardens, parks, and school yards, including many herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides." This ban includes weed killers commonly used on patios, driveways, lawns, and in vegetable and ornamental gardens. There are no exceptions to this ban. Lawn care providers, like Nutri-Lawn, are also prohibited from using the banned pesticides on their client's properties. Luckily, the automatic sprinkler system and lawn care experts at Nutri-Lawn have developed a number of environmentally-friendly treatment alternatives that are perfect for Ottawa residents.

How to Maintain an Au-Natural Lawn
When it comes to fighting pests and weeds naturally, look no further than Nutri-Lawn's long list of government approved lawn care services. One of the most effective alternatives to traditional three-way chemical herbicides is a bioherbicide known as Fiesta Weed Killer. Fiesta effectively kills weeds without harming your grass. Results are visible in as little as 48 hours and last for an extended period of time.

Biopesticides are also available and can provide effective protection against troublesome grubs and bugs. It's important to note that, by law, the automatic sprinkler system installers at Nutri-Lawn Ottawa must post a notice on lawns that have been treated with these applications in order to let the public know that something has been used and that the substance is legal. Beneficial nematodes are another natural pest deterrent. These hungry bugs naturally remove harmful grubs and bugs from your lawn, leaving you with a healthy, hearty turf.

Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Lawn and Garden
Finding chemical-free ways to efficiently care for your lawn and garden can be difficult. At Nutri-Lawn Ottawa, we recommend aerating your property early in the season to speed up the growing process of your lawn. We also recommend overseeding in order to ensure solid grass coverage, and always remember to water wisely using your automatic sprinkler system. When it comes to keeping your garden glorious and green all season long, remember to use plenty of mulch as a natural fertilizer. You should also consider extending your automatic sprinkler system so that it will efficiently water both your plants and your lawn.

For more information on the natural lawn care treatments and services offered by Nutri-Lawn Ottawa, please call 613-699-0768 or request a free consultation using our convenient online form.