You only need to look around Canadian homes to know that they have nothing to hide about the love they have for their lawns. The reality is that the simple act of mowing your lawn is not enough proof to show that you absolutely love it.
If you are only just starting out with the whole lawn issue you will have to go the extra mile and find information about the climate and the soil and then proceed in deciding between a seed, sod or lawn option. If you already have a lawn and are only working on making an existing lawn better, you will have to gather information on the right way to water, fertilize and rid it of weeds.
If you do consider yourself one of the lucky Canadians who have land that you can use for landscaping, here are some guidelines that you should follow so as to create a breathtaking and exquisite lawn that will last and last many years to come.
It is important to do your research on matters climate and how it will affect the kind of grass you want on your lawn. Don’t just settle for Bermuda, Kentucky bluegrass or rye just because you liked how it looked on a webpage or because you have heard so much about it from friends and relatives. You can easily find out what’s the best type of your grass for the climate in your area by looking at the USDA (The U.S Department of Agriculture) plant hardiness zone maping. Once you do this you can conduct a soil test to ascertain if you will need to make any changes before you plant your seed and then commence to follow the guidelines below:
– Till the soil on your land and get rid of the rocks, weeds and unwanted plants. You may have to think about layering the soil with fresh top soil that has been mixed with organic materials which will improve its water retention rate and a fertilizer to promote speedy germination of the seeds.
– Sow the seed using your hand if you are working within a small area. If you have a larger area you may have to use a seed spreader.
– Lay some straw on the seeded soil as this will protect the seeds and help them keep their moisture. Cordon off the area to stop any damage as a result of people walking all over the area.
– Water the area every day and never mow that grass until it has reached a height of 3 inches. You can water the grass at lesser frequency once the grass has matured.
Laying out the sod is a quick and effective way to get a lawn without the long wait. That said, it is a demanding task to undertake. Your best option is to lay out the sod when the weather is cool. That way the grass will take root without suffering the risks of burning out. In the North the best seasons are in fall or spring while in the South the best time is in the spring. Get to know how one should lay the sod before you can make that final decision if it’s the right option for your lawn.
The Alternatives To Lawn
There are lawn alternatives that will give just as much green scenery but not with that high degree of maintenance needed. Such options are much more easy to maintain, can have scent options and are hardier. The good news is that you have many different varieties that you can choose from. You can choose from either Corsican Mint or micro clover. Always check to make sure that you choose the option that is most suitable for your lawn and one that is in line with the climate of your area and one which you can be able to maintain with ease.
Typical lawns need approximately 1 inch of water every week. It’s a good idea to get your grass soaked in water after every three days than to water the grass with just a little bit of water every single day. Often you will see from your lawn that it needs watering. You just have to be on the lookout for the signs. When you walk over the grass, the footsteps you leave behind should disappear quickly. When this does not happen, it’s a sign that you need to water your lawn. Additionally, if you notice that the blades of grass are curling or if they are bluish-green in color, it’s definitely time to water your lawn.
When you do not water your lawn frequently, you encourage the roots to grow downward as if to look for water. This in turn increases the stability of your lawn.
In most cases, it is advisable to perform a deep and thorough watering session. You can be sure the lawn will be happier that way.
The best time to water your lawn is in the morning when evaporation is less. When you water your lawn at this time, the lawn has a better chance of drying out before the sun comes out.
Grass needs little amounts of different nutrients. Like sulfur, calcium, magnesium and that list is not complete. it also needs macro-nutrients like potassium, nitrogen and phosphorous in larger amounts. When your local extension office does a soil test they will inform you what nutrients your lawn will need in order to grow. Results of such a test will reveal a lot of important information such as the PH level of your soil.
Grasses that grow well in the cool season, e.g tall fescue and Kentucky bluegrass will benefit from fertilizer if it is added during fall. At this time all the nutrients will go a long way in promoting the growth of roots.
On the other side, grasses that thrive well in the warm seasons, e.g Bermude and Zoysia, fertilization during the springtime is the better option because that’s the time the lawn is growing actively. That’s usually around 6 weeks after the last date of frost.
You can also prevent an overload of nutrients by using a slow release fertilizer.
When it comes to the issue of selecting the right lawn mower, think about the size of the lawn you will be mowing, the obstructions and inclines on it and how much comfort you want to have as you mow. Perhaps you prefer a riding mower. In addition think about the safety and maintenance issue. Always choose a mower that suits your specific landscape and one that is user friendly.
Take into consideration these things as you mow:
– Control of the weeds
– How to switch mowing directions so as to avoid soil compaction and turf wear
– Never attempt to cut your lawn more than a third of the blade. If you do more than that it will shock the plant
– Always cut the lawn higher than the rate recommended especially during the months of summer
Always be in the know regarding lawn care and the most common problems affecting lawns. Such issues include brown patches, ants and dandelions. Learn how to deal with such issues and you will have a healthy and plush lawn all year round.