Tips for a Greener Lawn

Looking for some tips for a greener, healthier lawn? As the owner of Twig’s Lawn Care, here are a few basic suggestions to help promote the lawn your neighbours will be envious of. There are basically four recipes for success:

1. FERTILIZING 

Using fertilizer with a high Nitrogen base to start, will help to produce a fast green, thick lawn with strong stem growth. Look for a bag with a mix of 30-5-5 *High number at first. A minimum of three applications per year will help get you started. 6 weeks after use a mix of 21-7-7 (Phosphorus strength to build up root system), mid-summer with a 16-8-8 mix, and finally in fall, back to the 30-5-5.

2. OVER SEEDING 

Use the seed that is right for your lawn. Either a full sun or Shade mix is best to use. Mix the seed in with a good triple mix soil and spread on your lawn, a good hard rake of debris will also aid in the spots filling in. Lots of water and within 5 to 7 days, you should begin to expect initial growth for most varieties. *Some seeds will take longer to germinate. Wait for the new grass to et to about 3″ before you make the first cut. Will take about 8-12 weeks to fully establish. Keep the ground moist!

3. AERATING 

Aeration involves perforating the soil with small holes to allow air, water and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots. This helps the roots grow deeply and produce a stronger, more vigorous lawn. The main reason for aerating is to alleviate soil compaction. 

4. WATERING YOUR LAWN 

Watering the grass every single day for 15 minutes turns the lawn into a shallow-rooted water junkie that demands a water fix every day just to soldier on. Instead of watering shallowly every day for 15 minutes, water deeply once a week for an hour or so (or however long it takes to apply an inch of water). Best to do early in the morning as well and never in full sun.

Hope this helps and if you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me at www.twigslawn.com or 416-697-1105 for full list of services.

Greg Thompson – Owner/Operator