(NC)—We have all heard the phrase “the grass is always greener on the other side”. Just for once, wouldn't it be nice to be on the greener side and the envy of your neighbours? The Home Depot Canada has some expert tips to getting that picture-perfect lawn you've been dreaming about.
Fertilizer is a lawn's best friend
Consider assessing the lawn's health with a soil test before choosing a fertilizer. A variety of fertilizers exist, all with a range of different formulas containing three primary ingredients – nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. All plants are different, so make sure to follow the instructions found on the fertilizer package label for best results. Ensure the grass is dry before applying the fertilizer by using a rotary spreader and watering thoroughly afterwards.
Take note of thirsty lawns
Key indicators for a dry lawn are faint bluish blades or when footprint impressions are left behind after walking on the grass. Early morning watering is recommended as grass blades are better able to take in moisture. This also allows time for the grass to dry out during the day and remain dry at night to prevent fungal disease.
Water long enough for moisture to penetrate to the roots of the grass. As a rule, allow 5 cm of water to collect on the soil's surface to ensure proper seepage down to the roots. Don't forget that walking on water-soaked lawns can damage turf and cause soil compaction.
Keep mower blades sharp
Dull blades tear the grass leaving jagged ends that easily turn brown so don't forget to sharpen your mower's blades every spring. Trimming grass too short destroys the energy-producing top growth, resulting in a sickly lawn. Keep in mind, frequent mowing to the correct height also produces tiny grass clippings that can be left on the lawn to decompose and return nutrients back to the soil.
Follow these simple tips and you'll have the Joneses trying to keep up with you. More information is available online at www.homedepot.ca/garden-club.
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