Q: Why should I fertilize my lawn?A: Grass is a plant, just like vegetable gardens, flowers and shrubs, it needs different nutrients to promote its growth and development.
Fertilization provides the grass plant with the essential elements that the soil and decaying organic matter are unable to provide in sufficient quantities such as nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium and other trace elements like iron. Your lawn will be healthier, greener, denser and more resistant to disease, insects and weeds.
Q: What is soil aeration?A: Aerating your lawn is a very important part of annual maintenance. This practice involves extracting small cores of soil using a mechanical aerator. Aeration reduces thatch (layer or organic matter at the surface of the ground) and unpacks the soil. When the thatch is too thick, it becomes a breeding ground for diseases, weeds and insects.
Aeration promotes the decomposition of organic matter by greater activity of micro-organisms, increased oxygen levels and better water penetration and absorption. Nutrients head more towards the roots, so your lawn is much denser.
Aerating your lawn is the best eco-friendly way to make your lawn healthier and denser.
Q: How often should I perform soil aeration?A: Soil aeration should be performed at least once a year, even if the soil is not compacted. The ideal time for aeration is in spring or late summer
Q: Why do I have to rake my lawn in the spring? (Dethatching)A: In spring, when the soil has dried, running a rake on the lawn will remove yellow grass stands and dead leaves and will promote recovery or faster greening of the lawn.
Combined with annual soil aeration, dethatching is an essential step to keeping your lawn healthy.
Q: What should I do with grass clippings after mowing?Leave grass clippings on the ground. This practice has several advantages, including that of providing your lawn with a natural fertilizer consisting of several nutrients and it’s environmentally friendly!
"Grass cycling" also offers the advantage of reducing the amount of waste collected by your municipality
Q: When is the best time to sow?A: The ideal time to sow you lawn is from mid-May to mid-June and mid-August to mid-September, when there is no risk frost and the soil condition is not too soggy.
Q: What’s the best way to sow grass?A: First you must remove the dead lawn, work the soil and, if necessary, apply good soil before sowing.
Then select good quality seeds adapted to the conditions of your property (eg: full sun or shade). Spread the seeds on the surface of the soil and then cover them with a thin layer of earth. Using the back of a rake, apply pressure on the area to ensure proper contact between the seeds and the soil.
The area must be kept moist during the first 15 days. The first mowing can be done when the grass reaches about 10 cm.
Q: Why does my lawn have trouble growing in the shade?A: There are several varieties of seeds for different growth conditions (full sun, partial shade, shade as well as various formulas for different soils.) Choose seeds that are adapted to tolerate long periods of shade..
Q: How much water does my lawn require to ensure proper growth?A: Lawns require about 2.5 cm of water per week, including rain water and irrigation - no more. Watering about 2 hours is needed to get this 2.5 cm of water. In dry weather, abundant watering is preferable to the frequency and to promote deep root development.
Q: What is the best time of day to water my lawn?A: The best time to water your lawn is in the morning between 4 am and 10 am or early evening between 6 pm and 8 pm.
Q: How high should I mow my lawn?A: It is important not to mow your lawn too short because it will become vulnerable to insects, weeds, diseases, drought and frost. Mowing higher promotes root development resulting in a stronger lawn. You should mow your lawn:
- at about 5 cm in spring,
- between 8 and 10 cm in late spring and during summer,
- at about 5 cm in fall.
- Do not mow your lawn during periods of drought.
Q: Should I fertilize my lawn every year?A: A lawn that is not fertilized, like all plants, becomes weaker and less resistant to insects, weeds, diseases. By spreading fertilizer in small doses throughout the season, the grass gets all the nutrients it needs. It is an essential practice to ensure a dense, green and healthy lawn.
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