Lawn Care

Five Ways To Keep Your Lawn Looking Its Best

Unfortunately, a noticeably mild winter and a wet spring can cause much distress to your garden, leaving lawns to become interspersed with crabgrass and weeds. However, do not fear! As autumn approaches, so does the optimal time for replenishing your grass and bidding farewell to its troublesome pests.

To help you get your lawns back to looking their best, there are now many end-of-season deals on the latest and most effective treatment options such as fertilizers, lawn mowers and trimmers.

Along with these important tools, here a few additional helpful tips:

  • Less Fertilizer Produces More Results
    • One of the biggest mistakes individuals make is to over-fertilize their lawns. Although many companies recommend up to five applications to ensure that the lawn remains healthy, remember these chemicals may do more harm than good. In fact, most professionals feel that one or two applications are sufficient enough. This is particularly true if the clippings are mulched as opposed to bagged when cutting a lawn in order to form a protective layer over the lawn.
    •  Formulas that contain slow-release nitrogen should be applied in September to see noticeable results during the following spring.
  • Allow Grass to Grow Slightly Longer than Usual
    • Roots are essential to a lawn's health. Cutting grass too short and too often can compromise root growth and lead to lawns that are more susceptible to pests and weeds. Additionally, longer grass will retain more water in the underlying soil (as there will be more shade), helping to cut down on water bills during the hotter months. Most types of grass can be allowed to grow up to five inches before cutting. While this may give a lawn a bit more of a "shaggy" appearance, the lawn will also exhibit a greener colour and will be much healthier.
  • Certain Weeds are Beneficial
    • Not all weeds represent a threat. In fact, some weeds are actually advantageous to allow in a lawn. Dandelion roots may help improve soil structure and clovers are known to remove nitrogen from the air and deposit it in the soil (a natural fertilizer). However, crabgrass promotes soil erosion and should be extricated (organic substances should naturally be used as opposed to chemical pesticides). Grubs can devastate a healthy lawn and if they have been a problem in the past, it is worthwhile consulting a specialist who can help with their removal.
  • Choose Quality Lawn Care Accessories
    •  It should be apparent that only the most trusted brand names should be used when caring for a lawn. While many can be tempted by price-busting deals on late season equipment, quality should never be compromised for cost. From self-propelling mowers to trimmers and other do-it-yourself tools, some of the most reputable and durable companies include:
      • John Deere
      • Husqvarna
      • Snapper
      • Cub Cadet
    • Online reviews are an excellent way to determine the highest reviewed brands.
  • Choose the Most Appropriate Grass
    • Thick lawns are the best way to protect against any troubles down the line. Different grasses are specifically designed for certain locations and such variables as the levels of sunlight, the type of soil and the amount of rain should all be considered. Local cooperative extensions will normally offer a list of the best species and variety of lawns as well as more robust types that will require the least amount of work, water and fertilizer.