Simple Lawn Maintenance Tips

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Keeping Your Lawn Looking Great Doesn’t Need To Be Difficult

Having a lovely green lawn without any weeds are something many home owners desire. When it comes to preserving a healthy lawn most would think that all you need to do is water it and cut it. As much as we would love to believe that, it is furthest from the truth. In fact, the only way your lawn could uphold a dark green colour without weeds is by maintaining it early, and often. This doesn’t mean that you need to stress out if you forget to water it, or forbid your children not to play on it.  As long as your grass has some general maintenance you will be pleased with the end result.

A few strategies and common questions asked for how to possess a healthy lawn are as followed:

 

 

contentWhen Should I Start Watering My Lawn?

In most places in Canada our spring weather usually provides a mix of rain, sun, and clouds. During the early spring months (March-May) very little, if any watering needs to be done. During the hot and dry months (June-August) you should start watering your lawn 2-3 times/week.

 

 

 

 

image of a lawn sprinkler running

Using a lawn sprinkler in the hot summer months is a perfect way to keep your yard slightly damp and evenly watered.

How Often Should I Water My Lawn In The Summer?

There are many things that play a vital role when trying to determine how often one should water their lawn. It has been said that homeowners should water there lawn once a week. I cannot say that I agree with this theory. I believe two or three times a week is best. It is ideal to provide about an inch of water each time you are using a hose or sprinkling system. A tip is to use empty tuna cans and place them around your lawn. This method makes it easier to distinguish how much water your lawn has received.
 

 

 

patches of thatch in a field

Thatch is a naturally occuring problem with any yard. Be sure to remove thatch before it becomes a big problem and ruins your lawn.

What Are Those Ugly Yellow Patches In My Lawn?

Yellow patches found on your lawn are called “thatch”. Thatch is a matted layer of roots and dead grass that forms on top of the soil. This causes your healthy green grass to suffocate and turn yellow. Lack of water reaching the roots of the grass will result in your lawn becoming prone to drying out, disease, and insect infestation. An easy way to spot thatch is when you see water pooling in areas of your lawn when watering it. An easy way to remove thatching is by vigorously raking your lawn at the beginning (early spring) and end (fall) of each season. After raking your lawn, bag all of the thatch and grass. After removing the thatch from your yard, the grass should should now be fertilized and seeded. This will help promote growth of a healthy, green lawn.

 

 

 

 

 

a rake running along grass

Raking and collecting grass clippings and debris is vital in preventing thatch. But be sure to only rake if your lawn shows signs of distress.

Should I Rake And Bag My Grass Clippings After Mowing My Lawn?

If you have problems with thatch then the clippings can encourage the growth of even more thatch. You may want to rake only if you have just cut very long grass and there is thatch present.

However, clippings for the most part are generally very beneficial to the lawn when you have healthy, bio-active soil. The grass clippings decompose and recycle in as little as two weeks and help provide nutrients and organic matter to your yard’s soil.
 

 

over-watered grass

Over-watering your lawn causes more harm than good. Soil should be slightly damp and water should not pool in your yard when watering.

Is Over-Watering My Lawn A Bad Thing?

Yes. Over watering your lawn is equally as damaging as not watering it enough. Adding too much water to your lawn will actually wash away important nutrients while removing oxygen from the soil. The removal of oxygen lends itself to shallow roots, which promotes the invasion of weeds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

When Is The Best Time Of The Day To Water My Lawn?

The best time of day to water your lawn is early in the morning before the sun rises. I know the last thing you want to do is wake up early just to water your lawn. The thing is, your grass benefits from watering at this time the most. It allows some of the water to absorb before the hot sun hits. At the very least water your lawn just before the sun starts to set. Watering your lawn during hot/sunny periods of the day may when the sun is at its peak may simply “deep-fry” your green grass, turning it yellow rather than leaving it lush and green. The worst thing to do is water your grass at night. This will promote the growth of disease because the water simply sits on the lawn all night rather than being absorbed.

 

 

 

rainwater barrel collecting water from the eavestrough of a house

Collecting rainwater for use in your yard and garden is a cost effective way to return naturally-occuring nutrients to your lawn. All while keeping your water bill down during the hot summer months.

What About Rainwater? Is It Better For My Lawn?

Rainwater is the best resource for your lawn. Tap water is treated with chlorine and chemicals. I highly suggest you purchase a rain barrel from home depot. Not only will you save money on utility bills but the absence of those very chemicals that apparently make tap water “safe for drinking” makes rainwater a better choice for your outdoor watering needs.