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Taking care of your lawn

The spring and early summer of 2017 was one of the wettest on record.  This led to green lawns but also to a large increase in weed growth and it made your lawn more susceptible to problems such as ‘lawn fungus’.  The good news according to our lawn care people (hometurf Lawn Care) is that, turf is resilient and will recover nicely during the fall as weather conditions normalize. 

Here are some suggestions to ensure your lawn thrives as we head into the fall season….

Fall lawn maintenance

Raking: ‘Thatch’ buildup creates a barrier between the surface and the soil which makes it difficult for water and nutrients to reach the soil level.  This can lead to lawn disease.  It’s recommended to rake the lawn at least two times each year, once in the spring and once in the fall.  Use a metal rake to remove the thatch.

Watering: Your lawn should receive 1” to 1.5” of water each week.  What’s called ‘deep watering’ to a soil depth of 6 inches is best.

Mowing: The best mowing height is 2” to 2.5” and you should never mow more than 1/3 of the grass blade in a single mowing.  Change directions each mowing to help the lawn grow in an upright position.  Mowing too low can produce a shallow root system, making the lawn more susceptible to drought.

Seeding:  Once temperatures cool down, it’s a good time to seed areas that appear bare or thin to prevent weeds from seeding.

We have had good success maintaining our lawn with assistance of ‘hometurf’…… you can contact them at 1-888-791-8873 or go to their website at www.hometurf.ca 

 

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