We began improving Kingston lawns over 20 years ago using our natural organic products. Enviro Masters Kingston has always been on the cutting edge of change. In fact, in 1994 we introduced organic fertilizers to Kingston and continue to be innovative in our approach to lawn care. As strong environmentalists we are deeply concerned about the ecosystem. Our safe products and quality service has gained the support of 1300 Kingston homeowners. Beyond healthier lawns, the result is a healthier lifestyle for families and a healthier environment for all.
We want you to become one of our long-term satisfied customers. The only way we can do this is to provide you with products and service that exceeds your expectations. Put our experience to work on your lawn.
Shark Conservation-Our Passion
We have a profound love of the ocean and spend part of each winter photographing these misunderstood animals. Sharks are under serious threat worldwide and a number of species are facing extinction. An estimated 100 million sharks are killed each year, created in part, by the high demand for shark fin. Education campaigns and conservation will be keys to their survival. By supporting Enviro Masters Kingston you are supporting shark and ocean conservation.
Organic lawn care focuses on the soil media. Simply put if the soil is healthy, alive with living microorganisms and has a high organic content, then the plants growing in it will also be healthy, disease & drought resistant, able to crowd out weeds, and be able to withstand higher insect populations. Only fertilizers containing organic matter feed the soil with living microorganisms. Most companies use synthetic chemical fertilizers, which do not have these microorganisms and therefore ignore the soil environment. The organic approach to lawn care creates a natural balance that synthetic fertilizers cannot achieve. Organic content is the fundamental building block to all of our lawn programs. We offer 6 different programs and we offer a 15% discount when you prepay your program.
100% Organic Fertilizers
The main difference between a synthetic chemical fertilizer and an organic fertilizer is the living microorganisms in the organics. Many of our fertilizers also include compost. Organic fertilizers will not leach nitrates through the soil and into our ground water like synthetic chemical fertilizers do. This prevents polluting our ground water and lakes.
We can improve your lawn with thicker growth, better colour, and greater resistance to disease, insects and drought. Our overseeding machine slices into the soil and drops a seed into the slit. This achieves a 70-80% germination rate versus a 10-15% germination rate by just spreading seed on top. Our grass seed has endophytes in it. This means that grass has a fungus bred into it and damaging chinch bugs, sod webworms and billbugs tend to avoid this grass. This can also be performed with an aeration to further improve the germination rate and with compost to further improve the soil.
Lawns have a tendency to get lumpy and uneven with time. Earthworms come to the surface and cause tiny mounds (earthworm castings) that collectively cause the lawn to become lumpy. The freeze and thaw cycles we get in early winter and spring cause the lawn to heave and this also contributes to the lawn becoming uneven.
Dethatching, often called power raking, mechanically removes a great deal of the dead grass and thatch in your lawn. Thatch acts as a barrier preventing the penetration of water, air and fertilizer. Overabundant thatch is a breeding ground and home for damaging insects like chinch bug. The thatch layer in your lawn should be less than 1cm.
Sod Removal & Replacement
In some situations it’s simply better to remove the sod rather than try to repair it. A very neglected lawn in bad shape with little grass, or lawns with large volumes of crabgrass are better served with new sod rather than spending a number of years on remedial actions. The old grass is replaced with Kentucky bluegrass.
Crabgrass is classified as an annual grass. This means it germinates in the spring, grows & develops seeds from late summer to fall, and dies with the first frost. It is difficult to determine in the early spring that you have crabgrass because the seeds have not germinated. We offer a 3-step approach to control crabgrass.
Topdress With Compost
Our compost is special! It is dried, compressed and put in a pellet form so that we can spread it with a fertilizer spreader. A lot less is needed to get the same result. The compost falls between the grass and is not noticeable or messy. Therefore, kids & dogs can resume playing on the lawn immediately. Best of all, it is certified compost which means it does not contain weeds.
Core aeration removes small cores of soil from your lawn. It reduces soil compaction, improves turfgrass rooting, increases thatch breakdown, improves soil water uptake, reduces water runoff and puddling, and increases fertilizer uptake. To maximize aeration, the soil should be damp so that the aerator tines penetrate deeply.
Each year during the winter the city comes by and deposits salt and sand on the roads that inevitably gets into the first bit of your lawn. We power sweep along the driveway and the first 5-7 feet along the road. This not only removes the salt but also removes many crabgrass and weed seeds. An optional desalination is also available.
European Chafer beetles usually emerge from the soil in early to mid June and lay eggs. The grubs become mature about the end of September. The larvae feed on the roots of grass plants and will continue until the ground freezes. In the spring they return to the surface to continue feeding for about 6 weeks.
Many lawns with very poor soil struggle to grow and are good candidates for a lawn renovation. We spread and level the black organic topsoil and compost over the lawn area to be treated. High quality seed containing endophytes is added and worked into the soil. The final step is to roll the lawn to compress the seed into the soil.