Bringing Your Lawn to Life

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If you have found yourself too busy to properly care for your lawn, or perhaps you just purchased a new home and your lawn is just in a sad state then this blog is for you.  I will talk about some key strategies to bring your lawn back to life.  No matter where you are starting there is a way to turn around your lawn, and make it the nicest on the block. 

 

Seeding

Our climate various quite a bit, we have droughts, deluges, spring and fall freezes so we need to make sure we are setting our lawn up to be able to weather our conditions.  When seeding your lawn make sure to choose a product that is hardy for our zone (zone 3b) and has a variety of different seeds.  A minimum of three seed type is required, but 5 or more is recommended.  Do your homework on the different seed types, as some grow fast while others tolerate drought well.  Make sure you seed and repair bare patches, and over seed your lawn in the spring. 

Watering

It may seem obvious but water your lawn well.  So how much water do your need?  Well that really depends on the type of the lawn you have, but as a good measure stick you want to water no less than 25mm each week.  Do not water a little bit each day, this will create a shallow root system on your lawn and it will be less resistant to drought.  Water once or twice a week and water it well.  How do you know that you have watered an inch?  The easiest and most cost effect method for measuring your water is to put a soup can in the area where you are watering.  Once the can shows the desired depth of water you can stop watering.

Fertilize

Fertilize your lawn, and maintain your lawn on a regular basis.  Like any living thing the more love and attention you give it the more it will thrive. Be sure to remove weeds, and mushrooms as soon as they appear or they may well take over your lawn. Do not mow your lawn when you can see dandy lions that have gone to seed or mushrooms because you will just spread them around your lawn and contaminate your lawn mower blades.

Mowing

Mowing your lawn, it is important to not cut your lawn too short. Keep your lawn around 50mm in height, and NEVER cut more than one third of the length at one time. The longer your grass the better it will compete against weeds, invasive species and drought conditions. You will have to mow your lawn more often, but cut less of the blade off. Go bagless, as the clippings act as a free fertilizer for your lawn.  Keep in mind that if you have mushrooms the decaying thatch (clippings) will contribute to the growth of mushrooms, in this case you may want to remove clippings.

Be sure to water, fertilize, not over cut and provide a regular maintenance program for your lawn and you will have great looking grass before you know it.