A green lawn in the nicer months of the year adds such great curb appeal and interest to your home. It requires some know how but taking care of your lawn can be simple and rewarding! Here are some tips for all-natural lawn care.

Start with the soil
Check the quality by taking a handful and squeezing it. If it crumbles, add some nutrient-rich compost in spring and fall. If it’s sandy, add some hummus to help it hold water. Check the pH too. Most garden centres offer this service. If it’s less than 6 or 7, add some lime.

Use the right grass
Clover and fescue are good for dry summers, and bluegrass and ryegrass are ideal for areas that get lots of sun. For shady spots, try fescue or a groundcover like periwinkle or pachysandra.

Feed it
Fertilize every spring and fall, and when you mow, leave clippings where they fall for added nitrogen, phosphate and potassium. Water deeply but infrequently to encourage deeper root growth. Set up the sprinkler and let it do the watering for you every four to seven days. A timed sprinkler system is a great way to save on water, as it does not allow for human error (such as forgetfulness) when watering. It also allows you to water your lawn at night in the summers, which is a great way to maximize your water use.

Just a little off the top, please
Weeds can’t grow in the shade of tall grass. Setting your mower blade to about 3′ is an easy way to keep your lawn dense and healthy. This is a form of natural lawncare and weed prevention without the use of pesticides.

Give it some air
To improve drainage and help oxygen get into the soil, aerate by walking around in golf shoes. A spiked roller or aerator works too.

Free the soil
Your lawn gets clogged by tangled dry grass, roots and dead leaves that get between the soil and the living grass. Cut through it every fall with an inexpensive dethatching rake so your lawn gets the nutrients it needs.

Think beyond the blade
Add some clover next time you seed, and you’ll get a thicker, more richly textured lawn. Plus, if you get a few larger-leafed weeds growing, they won’t be as noticeable.

If you have any tips for making your home greener that you would like to share or if you need one of our trusted RSVP referrals to help keep your lawn green, please contact us.


The Rocca Sisters are award winning Sales Representatives with Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services Ltd., Brokerage – Cathy and Tanya can be reached at 905-335-4102 or by email at info@roccasis­ters.ca. Learn about our featured listings at www.RoccaSisters.ca.


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