Lawn and Garden Tips

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Spring

Spring is the season when a lawn really needs some tender loving care as temperatures rise and the grass starts to grow. It’s the ideal time for sowing seed as the soil warms up and rainy days speed germination.

Tips

  • Remove dead grass with a spring-tined rake or a mechanical scarifier
  • Aerate lawn
  • Fertilize lawn
  • Mow lawn regularly (once a week)

Summer

Summer is the period when grass is at its most stressed, which means that some lawn care techniques, such as scarifying or aerating, should be avoided in periods of drought.

Tips

  • Water lawn with an irrigation system or manually with a garden hose or sprinkler.
  • Mow lawn once every two weeks (stopped during extremely dry periods).
  • Remove pernicious weeds, such as dandelions, by digging them out of the ground, taking care to remove the whole root.
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Fall

Fall is the key season for lawn renovations. Fall care will help to ensure that the grass survives the low temperatures of winter. It will also help the lawn to recover from heavy usage during spring and summer.

Tips

  • Put down fall fertilizer mixed with potassium to toughen up grass for winter
  • Pick up leaves to avoid lawn being damaged from lack of sunlight
  • Remove dead grass with a spring-tined rake or a mechanical scarifier

Winter

Not much can be done during winter due to chilling temperatures, frost, and snow.

Tips

  • Avoid walking on it during frosty periods since this can leave black marks where the grass will eventually die back.
  • In mild conditions any remaining fallen leaves should be removed because they block out the light, killing the lawn.
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