HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR LAWN

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Your lawn is a delicate thing. It’s easy to get carried away with things like watering, mowing, and fertilizing. Many people don’t think twice while doing things like this, and it’s these factors which could actually kill your lawn. Sometimes the weather in Waterdown can be unpredictable, so it’s best to make sure your grass is prepared for anything.

LAWN CARE TIPS

Your grass is a very much living organism which needs to be taken care of in a certain way. When your lawn is neglected or even over cared for you’re opening it up to be susceptible to many different issues. Here are some tips on how to properly care for your lawn.

MOWING DO'S AND DONT'S

For as long as your grass is growing it should be mowed. However you need to think about the conditions before you get out the mower. If the ground is wet, or icy, and you mow your lawn you’re not being proactive, you’re actually damaging the roots underneath.

In the Spring it’s best to mow your lawn once a week and have the blades of your lawnmower at it’s highest setting. Once your grass starts to grow quicker you can gradually lower the blade settings. You can use a box to collect the grass clippings, which can then be composted.

Or you could use a mulching mower which doesn’t remove the grass, but it chops it up into fine pieces, which will provide the lawn with the nutrients it’s lost from being cut. If you find thick patches of clippings on your lawn it’s important that you rake them off, as they can damage the turf.

In the Summer months, your lawn may need cutting two or three times a week, whereas in autumn the growth will slow down and then you’ll only need to worry about it once or twice a week.

THE BEST WAY TO WATER

If you have just finished laying sod, or have a high-quality lawn it’s recommended to water it during dry periods. It’s best to water it every week in dry weather until it’s established and settles. You’ll be able to tell when fine lawns need watering because they will lose their spring when they’ve been walked, or stepped on. If this happens to your lawn, try only using the sprinkler to water it either early in the morning or at night.

But if your lawn is already established, watering it when it’s dry isn’t necessary. But you should avoid mowing the lawn. The longer the grass, the more protection your giving the roots. Don’t panic if your grass starts to turn brown, all it needs is one good rainfall and it’ll recover on it’s own.

WHEN TO FEED IT

When it comes to your lawn and fertilizing it, it’s easy to over do it. A struggling lawn will turn a pale yellowish green colour if it’s lacking nutrients. To prevent this from occurring it’s recommended to fertilize your lawn at least once a year with the proper fertilizer for the time of year.

It’s important to read the ingredients in the fertilizer before you buy it to make sure that it’s what your lawn actually needs. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and use exact measurements.

HOW TO CHOOSE A FERTILIZER

There are many different kinds of fertilizers and most of them are just a general fertilizer. But sometimes you need more exact nutrients for your lawn to solve a specific problem.

When choosing a fertilizer for spring and summer, make sure you choose one which is high in nitrogen. This will will encourage rapid, strong growth and promote that healthy green colour. It’s best to apply this in early spring or early summer.

Your fall fertilizer should be high in potassium to help strengthen up the grass and prepare it for winter. It’s best to apply this in early fall, before the frost hits.

When it comes to lawn fertilizers there are two different types, granular and liquid formulations. The liquid fertilizer is watered on and are fast acting. They work best on smaller lawns. The granular forms will have a long-lasting effect but need to be watered in within two to three days. If it rains you don’t need to worry about it. They also need to be spread evenly, which is where a wheeled spreader comes in handy if you have a larger lawn.

Sometimes we tend to forget that our lawn is alive and can accidentally do more harm than good. These tips will help make sure your lawn stays happy and healthy all year long and keep the homes in Waterdown looking beautiful as always.

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