Lawn Care Tips How To Maintain Your Plants And Grass During The Changing Seasons

November 17 2020 | Matt Higgons, Yard Smart

Lawn Care Tips How To Maintain Your Plants And Grass During The Changing Seasons

A beautiful lawn serves as a great bonding area for the family. It’s also a fantastic place to pursue your passion, such as drawing inspiration when you’re writing a song, script, or painting. Moreover, it’s a perfect space to do yoga or meditate, enabling you to enjoy gardening at the same time. That is why it's vital to care for your lawn on a regular basis.

When it comes to lawn care, there are several tips that you can follow. Here’s a list of suggestions for the changing seasons.

Mow Your Lawn

Mowing your lawn is perhaps the first tip on this list and one that shouldn’t be overlooked. Yard Smart emphasizes the importance of regularly mowing your lawn to ensure the beauty and safety of your landscape garden. Additionally, mowing your lawn will help it stay healthy and green even when it’s cold outside.

Here are some key lawn-mowing tips:

• In order to keep the grass looking nice, you need to mow your lawn at least once a week, particularly in spring. By doing so, you’ll control the growth of the grass and avoid overgrowth that is harder to tackle.

• The optimal height is about 2 1/2 inches for cool-season grass. At each mowing, remove about 1/3 of the top of the grass blade. If you observe your grass is 3 2/3 inches tall, then you should cut it.

• In the spring, it’s a good idea to wait until the lawn is fully grown or until it reaches 3 ⅔ inches tall before your first mow of the season. This way, you can get rid of all the unwanted weeds and grass that were growing between the grass and shrubs before the plantings.

Watering Your Lawn

When is the ideal time to water your lawn? It’s important to water your lawn efficiently and regularly. A great solution is to do what’s called 'steep irrigation.' This will allow the grass to have all the water it needs so that it’ll be healthier and well nourished.

To do this, just dig up a spot on your lawn and put down mulch. This will prevent water from entering the grass from the top of the soil.

Fertilizing Your Lawn

Fertilizing your lawn is an important step in ensuring a healthy landscape garden. Just make sure you don’t over-fertilize it. Over-fertilizing can cause your lawn to become dry and weak, which could lead to your grass becoming infected.

As a tip, instead of using harsh chemicals, you should consider natural fertilizers.

Check the following natural fertilizing recommendations:

• Make your compost at home from leftover food, which serves as natural fertilizer for your grass.

• Don’t throw away mulch, because you can create natural fertilizer out of it, combined with your compost.

• Use organic lawn fertilizer available in your local agricultural center or online stores.

There are three key times in the year when you should fertilize your lawn. The first time is right after the last frost in early spring, before the grass grows. This will help prevent it from growing too fast. The second time is after the growing season (which begins May 23 and ends October 31) and the third is in late summer or early fall.

In addition to the times above, it’s a good idea to fertilize your lawn in the summer, and during the winter when the soil will freeze because the temperature is lower.

Winterizing Your Lawn

When winter comes around and the weather starts to cool, many people find that their lawns go through major transitions, such as the weeds changing colour or starting to grow larger or sturdier.

Winterizing your lawn doesn't mean simply covering your grass with a layer of mulch. This is one of those common misconceptions that people tend to have when they're trying to save money. Winterizing your lawn means that it’s being given a chance to grow back and be healthy in spring and summer—when the grass is needed the most. Here are some important things you need to know about winterizing your lawn:

• You should always winterize your lawn, even if it has no grass. The soil is colder when it freezes and winterizing will keep your lawn from drying out.

• You should also pay attention to the climate of your area so you'll know how much sunlight the ground gets and how much snow it receives. These factors impact how you should winterize your lawn, so they’re crucial to consider.

• Winterizing your lawn also depends on how well you aerate it. The more aerated your soil, the more nutrients it has, preventing it from getting too dry.

Conclusion:

Having a healthy and beautiful lawn offers many benefits. Mowing, fertilizing, watering, and winterizing your lawn are all equally important to ensuring your lawn remains in good condition throughout the seasons. By doing so, you can fully enjoy the benefits of having healthy and beautiful grass.


“I love meeting new people and hearing their stories– that’s probably my favourite part of my work. I feel accomplished when I know people make good use out of their outdoor space.”

Matt Higgons, matt@yardsmart.ca

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