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Prepare Your Lawn For The Summer


Blog by Joette Fielding | May 16th, 2013


Spring Lawn Maintenance GuidePrepare Your Lawn For Summer

It’s never too early to start preparing your lawn for the summer months. As the days begin to get longer and warmer, dedicating some time now to tend to your lawn will help to produce beautiful, lush grass that you will enjoy all summer long. But remember, a healthy summer lawn begins with diligent spring maintenance. 


Start Early

Even if it still feels a bit chilly outside, it’s not too early to begin your lawn work. Our cold winter temperatures require that you put a little extra effort in at the beginning of spring. Be aware that winter weather can also alter the pH balance of soil, encouraging weed growth. Check your soil’s pH level (aiming for a neutral 7) and balance as needed. Early weeding, fertilizing and mowing will also help to promote a beautiful lush green lawn. 


Know Your Soil 

The first key to a gorgeous lawn is to determine the type of soil you have and how to best work with it. Take a handful of soil and determine if it is tightly packed, holds its shape or runs through your fingers. 

Clay-like soil is very compact and does not easily break apart. This can hinder plants from establishing a deep root system.

Sandy soil slips through the fingers, but unfortunately water also slips through quickly, preventing roots from absorbing essential nutrients.

Loam soil holds its shape until it is crumbled. This type of soil is ideal for all types of plants as the roots can easily establish themselves in the soil, and the consistency is thick enough to hold water and important nutrients.

Don’t be discouraged if you find you have to deal with clay-like or sandy soil. Adding compost will help to create a more loamy texture, as will adding grass and plant clippings throughout the season.


Keeping it Lush

Choose a lawn seed that works with the amount of sunlight that your grass receives and do not hesitate to reseed throughout the season if you notice thinning or rough patches. Be diligent with removing weeds to prevent your grass from competing with the weeds for water and nutrition. Cut your grass when it reaches 4 inches to reduce unnecessary stress on your lawn. If you find grass loss in high traffic areas, loosen the trampled soil to help regenerate grass. Always remember to water lawns early in the morning to prevent heat evaporation, and use a time release fertilizer to ensure nutrient absorption all summer long.


Most importantly, remember to take the time to relax and enjoy the fruits of your labour and the wonderful benefits of your lush, green and healthy lawn.


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