Lawn Care Tips

TOP TIPS FOR A HEALTHY LAWN

A green and healthy lawn is easy to achieve with a bit of work. A little effort now will save you a lot of effort later, because healthy lawns are less vulnerable to pests, weeds, drought, and other problems.

  1. Mow High 
    Cut your grass to a height of 6 to 8 centimetres (2.5 to 3 inches). This height (instead of cutting shorter) will promote growth, prevent weeds, and discourage insect pests.

    If you overseeded your lawn, continue to mow as needed but avoid unnecessary traffic on the new seedlings.  

      

  2. Water Deeply
    Water your lawn deeply (but not too often) to promote the growth of deep roots. Apply about 2.5 centimetres (1 inch) of water, only when needed (usually no more than once a week). Place a small pet food or tuna can on the lawn to help you measure how much water has been applied. Stop watering when the can is full. Too much water starves the soil of oxygen and invites disease.

    If you overseeded your lawn, use the above technique watering 1-2 times daily, until you have mowed the new grass 1-2 times.     
      

  3. Feed
    Feed your lawn with compost. Let grass clippings stay on your lawn to provide nutrients. Ensure clippings are less than 3/4″.      
        
  4. Aerate
    Aerate compacted soil, ideally in the fall. This helps water, air, and nutrients reach plant roots more easily.      

  5. Overseed
    Sow new seed over thinned areas, or choose other ground covers for tough spots. 

  6. Replace
    Replace grass with paving stones or mulch in heavy traffic areas. 

  7. Check
    Check your lawn often to detect pests and other problems early.

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