You’ve finally started that landscaping project you’ve been waiting all winter to get to. You’ve built a deck, added a fence, and you’re even thinking about building that tree house you promised the kids last year. Everything is going great, but there’s one key aspect that can really determine how spectacular the project turns out, and that’s a healthy, green lawn.
Sounds simple, right? But the truth is that getting your lawn healthy and green and then maintaining it does take some effort and shouldn’t be overlooked. Front yard lawns are the first thing neighbours and visitors see when coming to your home; they should enhance the work you put into landscaping, not look dull and lifeless. And backyards are no exception: you entertain guests, have fun with the kids, and can go out there just to relax and enjoy the day. That’s why you need both lawns to look vibrant.
Landscape Structures has done countless projects in our over 20 years of service. We know firsthand the importance of a healthy lawn, and that’s why lawn care is one of the services we offer.
As a homeowner, it’s important for you to do your part and make sure your grass stays in good condition, and mowing the lawn is one of the ways to make that happen. Although mowing can be somewhat time-consuming, it helps to keep the grass uniform if you’re hoping to maintain aesthetic appeal. It’s also a good idea to mow high and leave the clippings on the grass, which will lessen the susceptibility to drought.
Fertilizing your lawn is another essential step. The main nutrients grass needs to grow its healthiest are nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus. One of the best times to apply fertilizer is late fall, when your grass is still green but has stopped growing; fertilizing at this time will help your lawn to grow thicker and increase root growth.
It would be great if it rained so often that you didn’t have to water your lawn, but living in Canada doesn’t afford that luxury. The best times to water your lawn are early morning or before midday. Twice a week should be enough, but you need to make sure that you are giving your lawn enough water, especially if your lawn is spread across a large area.
Weeds may become an issue, but often just keeping a thick, healthy lawn will prevent them from actively growing. If they do start to show, however, you can pull them out with your hands or apply some type of weed-killing chemical, provided that it is safe for your grass and the environment.
At Landscape Structures, we love what we do and love using our expertise to make homes look beautiful. Building decks and driveways and other hardscape services that we offer are a big part of that, but equally as important is lawn care management; it’s what makes your home look vibrant and inviting and should always be an intricate part of your landscaping project.
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“Watering,” Fairway Lawns web site; http://www.fairwaylawns.com/watering/, last accessed April 29, 2014.