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Spring Newsletter Spring 2011

Kutting Krew 187 Ferris Rd M4B 2P4 Toronto, Ontario Office: 416 757 0893 Keith: 416 826 4623 keith@kuttingkrew.ca

Welcome to the Kutting Krew Newsletter Spring is fast approaching and we're getting ready for our 20th year at the Kutting Krew. I started this business in 1991 out of my parents garage in Leaside and now I've got a house (seen above) and over 400 customers. Christy and I have a lot to be thankful for. With this anniversary we decided to enter the 21st century with a website, Facebook fan page and even this newsletter. I decided I wanted to take this leap so I could do a better job letting you, the customers know, about my services and any lawn care advice I've picked up over the years. On the next page we're going to go over the importance of a spring clean up, organic corn gluten fertilizer and seeding to give your lawn a green edge going into the summer.

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Getting the most out of your Lawn this year The first step to a green lawn is a good spring clean up because when you remove a lot of dead grass or debris that has embedded itself in the lawn over the winter it opens up the soil and lawn to new growth. The best way to remove debris from a lawn is by de-thatching it. A thorough raking that scraps the dead or yellow grass from the lawn will do the trick. You can also use a leaf blower if powerful enough to remove this debris. Another reason we suggest you remove this debris, is dead or dying grass leaves a space for weeds to start growing. You want to clean out your lawn and prep it for the coming year. Once the lawn is prepped there're two basic suggestions that we make to take advantage of the work that has been done. The first is fertilizer; because a good organic fertilizer stimulates the lawn and promotes green grass growth. This growth will fill in barren areas making it very hard for weeds to have enough space or energy to grow in. The second suggestion is seeding. If your lawn has bigger barren spots that will be difficult to fill from fertilizer; seeding is a good addition. Spring brings cool weather and lots of water making it an ideal seeding condition. In the column to the right we go over the types of grass seeds and fertilizer that we use at the Kutting Krew. Feel free to call or email us if you have questions about the process or if you want to book one of our lawn experts to help make your lawn green. Keith Murton, Kutting Krew

Fertilizer: Over the past couple years we have been using organic corn gluten meal which has a concentration of 9 - 0 - 0 in the spring and 8 - 1- 6 in the summer. To understand this formula we going to go over the 3 things that make up fertilizer. The first number in the formula is nitrogen which helps produce a stronger plant . The second number is phosphorus which promotes a better fruit and root production system. The last part is potassium which helps plants grow larger and with more colour. We also like corn gluten because its animal and environment friendly. Grass Seed: The three main types of grass seeds are Perennial Rye Grass, Fescues and Kentucky Blue Grass. Perennial Rye Grass is a landscaper favorite because it blends well and geminates in one week ( two weeks less than the other two.) Fescue based grass seed takes longer to germinate but is better in dryer or shadier lawns where its hard to grow grass. The last grass seed to talk about is the Kentucky Blue Grass which is known to be a premium grass seed that is good at repairing itself but needs a lot of water and sun. Best of Both: One approach the Kutting Krew uses is Revive 'n Thrive which mixes fertilizer, compost, peat moss and grass seed into a complete top dressing solution that over seeds and fertilizes the lawn to get the best results.


Late Spring Newsletter 2011 It's time to colour our world! Do I dare say summer has finally arrived and it's safe to plant outside?! I think I will. I am so excited to get out and BBQ again with the sweet smell of the yard and garden there to greet me. Whatever your budget, soil consistency, colour p r e f e r e n c e , maintenance habits, or sunlight requirements, we've got a plant or flower for you. Let's break it down. Perennials are plants that are planted once and re-bloom year after year. In general, they tend to be a bigger initial investment than annuals. Perennials come in both sun and shade Kutting Krew tolerant varieties, require less maintenance and include flowers as 187 Ferris Rd M4B 1H2 well as bushes and trees. Annuals are plants that can provide a full Toronto, Ontario season of beautiful colour but perish outside at first frost. In general, the co ours are more intense and they tend to be less Office: 416 757 0893 expensive. The varieties are endless but require some maintenance Keith: 416 826 4623 in the form of watering and dead heading. keith@kuttingkrew.ca I prefer to plant a mixture of both perennials and annuals. I usually choose one bush ( my favorites so far Spring Showers: 136.22 mm of rain have been the burning bush, the butterflybush, the lilac standard and the variegated euonymus) or one This May's is already Toronto's second tree (favorites include the Japanese Maple and the rainiest in the last 20 years! Have you flowering crab apple- but beware of potential bees found yourself doing a little more puddle around the latter.) Over the years, we have jumping recently than usual this Spring? accumulated quite a few lovely perennial plants. I love Under these very wet conditions consider our peonies, the lilies, the Siberian irises, the bleeding turning off your irrigation system if your hearts, as well as my variegated hostas. Something is have one. You definitely don't need to always in bloom and my perennial garden provides water your lawn! Also consider reducing continued cuttings for me to bring inside. My colour or delaying the amount of fertilizer you scheme for the garden has always been purple, pink use on your lawn


and white. I only add flowering perennial plants that stay within that scheme. This year, my goal is to add purple Monkshood and pink Creeping Phlox. Both are traditional perennials (been around forever), appropriate sunlight, and colour choices for my garden. Then I choose a few annual plants for our garden every year. We're away almost every weekend all summer long so I usually reserve my annuals for containers or for use sparingly in beds and only if they're drought tolerant. My favorite annuals are geraniums and dusty miller for sun and begonias for shade. But really, there are endless possibilities. So get planting for the colour, the smell, the taste ( vegetables and herbs) or just plain great oxygen! Christy Murton Triple Mix: Triple Mix is a soil that combines top soil, peat moss and compost. It can be mixed into soil in your garden anytime during the season. There are advantages to adding Triple Mix to your gardens . It will help produce bigger and better plants, as well as protect the roots and viability of your plants from harsh winters and scorching hot summers. In addition it is an easy and inexpensive way to make your garden look like new! Mulch Mulch is also a good way to make an inexpensive improvement to your garden, but with the added choice of colour. Mulch is also good choice because it blocks out weeds while improving water filtration, soil moisture and promotes deeper root systems for the plants it protects. We also like mulch because it's a gardeners green choice. Mulch reduces organic waste that goes into the landfill, reuses and recycles local resources back into the community. Contact Keith about Mulch and Triple Mix by the yard a cheaper alternative to bags. ( a yard is ten wheel barrows worth!)


Fall Newsletter 2011 187 Ferris Rd. Toronto, Ontario. M4B 1H2

Advice from the Kutting Krew

With fall fast approaching, your lawn and garden can still look better than ever. It's a great time to reseed again. A fall fertilizer application really creates a stronger root system to endure the winter season. And let's not forget it's the perfect weather for transplanting and planting. Split your host as, divide your lilies and take cuttings from your favorite plants. Fill your flowerbeds and pots with fall favorites like mums, kale, cabbages and gourds. Plant your fall bulbs like tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and alliums for a spectacular show in the Spring! And, remember you can always bring your favorite annuals indoors to place in windows throughout the winter just to keep the air fresh and fragrant. Most survive the winter indoors and can be replanted outside after mid-May.

Signs Your Tree is in Trouble: In recent weeks we've been hit with a couple powerful storms that have done damage to trees, but I wanted to write this article to draw attention to the fact that not all trees are created equal. Below we're going to go over the top three ways you can tell your tree is in trouble and ways to turn it around. 1. One of the biggest signs your tree may be suffering is its leaf production in the Spring and how quickly it loses them in the Fall. Usually caused by pollution, bad soil or lack of water trees will tell you when they need help. Ways you can help your tree is fertilizer. Not your ordinary lawn variety fertilizer, but a tree fertilizer that injects it's nutrients into the root system with a special machine. 2. Another sign your tree is having troubles is when bark starts to have unusual growths or leaves look spotted or discoloured. Theses signs are possible fungal infections that can be treated with a fungicide. The best suggestion we can give you is have a trained arbourist come out and check if it's a fungus or just pollution damage. Either way Max; Keith's arbourist can do a free tree inspection and look for different types of damages that can be either treated or pruned so that the rest of the tree can survive. 3. When storms hit; the winds will do a lot of damage to trees already weaken and the biggest problem is people don't prune off dead or over grown branches that pose a risk to the tree but also surrounding houses and cars. Dead branches that are cut off don't do damage, but when the wind takes off branches it will usually tear the


tree causing significant damage to trees and potential harming your house, car and neighbours. Having an arbourist come out and survey branches that are dead and /or hanging over roofs is a decision that will make your neighbours and insurance companies happy. Another great benefit of tree pruning is a better lawn. When you cut back overgrown or dead branches and thin out others, it allows more sun onto the grass. This will strengthen the grasses roots and improve the lawns appearance.

Landscaping in the Fall Fall is a great time for landscaping because the cool weather and rain is ideal for planting. Plants, grass and sod have time to create a root system before the winter and they don't get hurt by the harsh summer sun. In general; landscaping is great because I get to plant gardens, then I get to see it grow throughout the years. I love landscaping so much that Kutting Krew is launching our Landscaping Bundle that gives customers yards a face lift for a fixed price. 2 Feature Focal Point Trees 1 Medium Size feature Tree 9 Shrubs 5 Perennials / Ornamental Grasses 2 Yards of Triple Mix Top Soil

$2995.00 =

5 Feature Rocks Select Annual Flowers + Free Design and Estimate and 1yr. Warranty Call or Email Keith for Details!

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Kutting Krew Newsletters 2011