Regular Maintenance for Lawn Care

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A major composition of landscaping, turf requires special lawn care. As green maintenance practices are popular, they become essential for a green, dense lawn.

By following the rules regarding lawn care, you will be able to obtain a beautiful lawn that is resistant to stress and drought, without resorting to fertilizers or chemical pesticides. Learn about mowing rules, such as temperature, watering practices, and accessories – from hose to sprinkler – picking, fertilization techniques, and different fertilizers.

Mowing

Good mowing control provides a healthy, vigorous lawn with deep rooting. By respecting mowing heights, the lawn will be more resistant to drought, heat and invasion by unwanted weeds.

The main rules for mowing are:

  • Mow regularly, never removing more than one third of the total height of the grass each time;
  • Adjust the cutting height according to the period
  • Sharpen the blades regularly. A clean cut promotes recovery and reduces the risk of disease
  • Rake excessively long clippings and compost or spread them evenly over the lawn
  • Avoid mowing when grass blades are wet or wet
  • Avoid mowing when the soil is very wet to avoid compacting the soil

The height of Mowing during the Season:

Spring season:

In the spring, make the first mowing at 5 cm height to facilitate the cleaning of the lawn. Then mow at a height of 8 cm. In the fall, make the last mowing at 5 cm height to reduce the development of diseases.

Summer Season:

Keep the lawn at a height of 8 cm, because this length allows the grass to be more resistant to drought and requires less watering. Do not mow during hot weather.

Watering

For many, water resources seem inexhaustible. However drought cases succeed to the point that several municipalities have regulated the watering of lawns in summer and even forced the installation of water meter.

In order to preserve our drinking water as much as possible, several good management practices can be applied. Here are some accessories that can make watering easier for your lawn care:

  • A sprinkler-post is ideal for uniform irrigation and a large ground cover
  • A range of casings to meet the needs of any consumer: from all-season hose for weekend gardening to ultra-flexible hose for the hardworking garden
  • An automatic watering system
  • A programmable timer to save water

Fertilization

Grass grasses, like all plants, need some minerals for growth. A healthy and vigorous lawn is much more competitive with unwanted weeds. Before selecting your fertilization program, you must consider your farming practices. Remember that topdressing and “grass cycling” can provide up to 25% of the lawn’s nitrogen needs on the ground. This is an interesting saving of fertilizers to apply annually.

How do natural Fertilizers work?

Most natural fertilizers release their nutrients throughout the season through the activity of beneficial soil organisms. So in addition to feeding the lawn, these fertilizers stimulate the biological life of the soil and there is no risk of burning.

In the spring, a fertilizer is used, the first digit of which is higher than the other two, such as 12-0-4 or 9-3-4. While in late summer-fall, the fertilizer used contains more potassium, like 4-0-12, to prepare the lawn to face the rigors of winter. Always carefully observe the dosage and directions for use indicated on the manufacturer’s label.

How many times a year do you fertilize the lawn?

Fertilization with natural granular fertilizers typically requires only one to two applications per year. The first application is made in the spring, as soon as the growth of the grass restarts, because it is at its maximum at this period. If required, according to the fertilizer label, the second application will take place in late summer or early fall.

How to apply natural granular fertilizers?

Granular fertilizers are applied using a fertilizer spreader on a dry, freshly mowed lawn. This equipment allows an easy and uniform distribution on the whole surface of the ground. It can also be used for the application of lime or grass seed.

Choose a model with a safety stop to prevent spills and a metering device to adjust the amount of fertilizer. The size of the tank varies from one spreader to another. Make sure that the tank is well adapted to the fertilizer used and the size of your land.

Before using an amendment, fertilizer or pesticide, always read the product label and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. Pay particular attention to the directions for use, the precautions to be taken before, during and after use of the product, and the storage conditions.