Keep the grass greener on your side

There is nothing better than spending your summer outdoors, enjoying the warm sun and much needed fresh air. Whether you’re playing a little backyard football, barbequing, or gardening there is nothing better than having your grass looking full and healthy. With a few simple steps your neighbours will be envious that the grass is greener on your side of the fence.

Prevent your grass from looking brown and dehydrated, by moving often and watering your lawn frequently. When mowing your lawn, ensure that your blades are sharp. A sharp blade will cut the grass and not tear it; torn grass leads to brown unhealthy tips. The ideal grass length in high-heat is between two to three inches, and only 1/3 of the grass length should be cut at a time. Your lawn should be getting at a minimum of one inch of water per week. The ideal time to water your lawn is in the morning, this will reduce water evaporation as well as bacteria growth. To know you’ve watered your lawn enough place an empty tuna can on the grass, once it’s full that is enough water for the day.

Your lawn should be aerated in the spring time, this will allow for the grass to receive the proper watering and nutrients, it will also reduce the amount of air pockets. To ensure your lawn is looking full, and reduce the chances of weeds, you should seed your lawn once a season.

Fertilizing your lawn is an important step that should occur twice a year, once in the spring and again in the fall. Most people forget to fertilize in the fall, but it’s equally as important. Fall fertilizing will help maintain a healthy landscape during the snow and harsh winter weather.

If you have high traffic in certain areas of your lawn, make a path way out of stepping stones, this will reduce the damage to the grass.

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