Good night dear lawn, sleep well, see you NEXT spring


It’s that time of year again.  Summer is in its final days. As much as we may not want to think about it, we all know what comes after fall. You’re likely an individual who cares about your lawn. Now is the perfect time to prepare your lawn for next year’s landscaping season .A little knowledge, followed up with some preparation will prevent damage during the winter. Ultimately you will increase your chances of your lawn growing back thick and green come springtime. Here’s a quick look at a few things you can do this fall to fight winter’s bite!

The Fall “Winterizer”


The most important thing to do for your lawn in the fall is apply a final fertilizer.In fact, if you were only going to apply one fertilizer per year (which I sincerely hope you won’t), this is it.  This fertilizer is commonly referred to as the “winterizer” and will do wonders for keeping your lawn’s roots strong and healthy.  Apply this fertilizer after the lawn has stopped growing but is still green.  This final fertilizer will strengthen your lawn at the roots and give it the nutrients to make a great comeback in the spring!

Nematodes to control grubs


Nematodes are organic and live, making them naturally predisposed to pursue host grub larvae.Beneficial nematodes search the soil for white grub larvae. They search for grubs, release bacteria into the grubs and cause them to die. These bacteria multiply very rapidly and transform the body of the dead insect into food for new nematodes which are multiplying in their host. These new nematodes leave the body of the dead grub and search for new larvae to infect and kill.
Getting rid of grubs is very important  Not only do they like to feed on your lawn’s roots, causing your grass to die, but also because skunks, raccoons, and birds will dig up your lawn to feast on them.

White Grubs

The Final Cut

Before putting your lawn mower away for the season, give your lawn one final cut.  To quote the Turfgrass Institute in Guelph, “Rooting depth is proportional to mowing height – the longer the leaves, the deeper the roots. Longer grass blades provide some insulation for the crown (growing point) of the grass plant. However, if the grass is too long going into the winter, it will become matted, which encourages winter diseases such as pink and grey snow mold.”As long as you have given your lawn that winterizer fertilizer we talked about earlier, your lawn will blossom into spring with vigor.

Final cut late in the year – Dec. 8, 2015

Rake your Lawn

Don’t leave leaves on your lawn over winter.  Wet, compacted leaves become traps for mold. Consistently rake your leaves leading up until the snow starts to fall.

Seeding

Fall is the perfect time to seed your lawn to assist with achieving a full, lush, green lawn for the spring. The fall temperatures are perfect for germinating new seed and allowing it to take root before winter.  There are primarily two seeding processes: top-dress/over-seed and slit-seeding.

Distressed lawn – repairs begin in the fall

Top-dress/over-seed

The process of applying seed and compost or soil over the surface of your lawn. This adds organic matter to soil, helping reduce thatch buildup, and relieving soil compaction problems. Granular compost is popular when it comes to top-dressing because it adds generous amounts of organic matter to enrich your soil and produce a thicker, healthier lawn.

Slit-seeding

The process using a mechanical seeder, which cuts grooves in the grass and “plants” the seeds into those grooves.  This allows for a uniform distribution of seed and is generally more effective in particularly bare areas.  If you have a very shaded lawn, slit-seeding should be considered as an annual maintenance item.  Shaded lawns need annual “beefing up” of new seed to stay strong and healthy.  A layer of granular compost is applied after the process, encouraging stronger root development.

Slit seeder – vertical cutting blades create grooves for the seed as it drops from the seed tray above

Proper winter preparation will be the best decision you make regarding your lawn this year. Follow these guidelines and see for yourself the difference proper preparation can make!

First cut – April 20, 2016

Planning your Garden Renovation

You’ve decided to renovate your garden. There is going to be a lot to think about before you get started. The planning stage of your garden renovation is extremely important. It sets the foundation for the work that’s to follow. Without a proper plan in place and the details hammered out, a complete garden renovation is more than likely to hit a few bumps in the road. Everything from your budget to the best time of year to renovate needs to be taken into consideration for your garden overhaul to be a success. Here is some helpful advice on planning your garden renovation!

Set a budget

How much money you are willing to spend on your garden renovation? If you’re worried you won’t be able to afford the renovation you’ve been dreaming about, put it off until you’re sure you can afford what you want. Settling for a renovation you are not going to be 100% happy with will end up costing when you have to renovate again. Contacting a professional landscaping company will be helpful in determining a rough amount you could be looking at. Once you’ve established a limit as to how much you’d like to spend, start planning!

Do some research

Researching garden renovations is never a bad idea. Dig around the internet for ideas and helpful tips. The internet is worldwide of course. Zero in on renovations that are appropriate for our climate. Have there been any recent garden renovations in your neighbourhood? In the case of the latter, you can even ask if you can come over and see the new renovation for yourself.

What time of year is it?

Though you may not think it, the timing of your garden renovation is crucial to its success. Are you planning a spring renovation and thinking of starting in April? Stop! Start a few months earlier in order to make sure you don’t end up rushing the planning stages. If it’s the fall season you want to spruce up your garden for, start planning and preparing during the summer. People often underestimate just how long a garden renovation of any size can take, don’t let this happen to you!

Bring in a pro

To really want to make the most of your planning stage, enlist the help of a professional landscaping company. Talking to an experienced expert about what you are looking for, can easily be the best choice you make! Ask questions about renovations they’ve worked on in the past, get to know them on a personal level and treat them as you would a friend; all of this is going to help establish a close working relationship with your hired professional that will go a long way when planning your new garden.

Consider your lifestyle

Think about the kind of lifestyle you have at your home when planning a garden renovation. Look at your front and back yard and think about what you and your family typically enjoy doing in those spaces. Do you like to throw summer parties in the backyard? Consider things like where your barbeque is located, or where you usually entertain your guests, and how many people you want to host. Combinations of turf, plantings (softscape) and patio (hardscape) areas all go into the planning. Do your kids like to play in the front yard? Plan a garden that’s not going to get in their way.

Follow this advice and you’ll feel a lot less intimidated when it comes time to plan your next garden renovation. And remember, if you are ever unsure of anything, contacting a professional is always your best lifeline!

Green Thumb is your premium lawn maintenance provider in: Oakville,Burlington, Mississauga and Hamilton.

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