3 things you need to do this year for a better lawn

A healthy lawn is a beautiful way to add value to your property and create an enjoyable space for outdoor entertaining. It also enhances the environment by filtering rainwater, attracting birds and good insects, and absorbing pollution.

Regular maintenance and a watchful eye for potential problems can help you make the most of your personal oasis while contributing to a beautiful, vibrant urban environment. Here are some tips to help make your outdoor space one of the best on the block:

Mow high
It’s best to keep the blade of your lawnmower raised for a 2.5 to 3 inch cut to help a strong root system develop in the lawn and discourage weed growth.
It’s also a good idea to alternate your mowing pattern and mow often enough that you aren’t removing more than a third of the grass.

Watch for pests
It’s not uncommon for yards to come under threat from insects, weeds and diseases. A small number of weeds or bugs is nothing to worry about. And if you catch a problem before it gets out of hand, you will have an easier time dealing with it.

Urban pesticides can help manage these threats and keep outdoor spaces healthy and enjoyable. They come in consumer formulations that are specifically made for use by homeowners. Products on store shelves are approved by Health Canada before they are made available to consumers to ensure they’re safe for people, pets and the environment.

Water early and deeply
The best time to water your lawn is in the early morning when you’ll lose less moisture to evaporation. Watering in the evening can leave your grass susceptible to disease.

Try watering deeply 1-3 times per week instead of everyday. That will encourage deep root growth and help your grass survive in drought conditions. Make sure to follow any watering restrictions that may be in place in your neighbourhood.

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