Landscape Newfoundland and Labrador

Achieving excellence in the delivery of services and products across all sectors of the horticultural industry since 1992!

Tips on Lawn Care

Why keep a healthy lawn? 


  • Lawns provide significant environmental benefits they convert carbon dioxide to oxygen,                                                                                                     prevent erosion, filter water back into underground water supply and cool the atmosphere!
  • Lawns are a safe place to play and enjoy the outdoors!
  • Well-cared-for lawns increase property values and “curb appeal”!



Learn how to keep your lawn it's best!
Mowing

  • Regularly mow to a height of 6½ - 7½ cm. Longer grass is healthier – results in longer root systems,                                                                                   keeps soil cool and prevents weeds from germinating.
  • Sharpen your mower blade  1-3 times a year.
  • Leave clippings on lawn (using a mulching mower will help).


Watering:

  • To keep lawn green throughout summer, recommended amount is 2.5cm a week (incl. rainfall);
  • Water early morning or early evening to prevent evaporation loss;


Maintain Proper Fertility

  • Healthy, thick turf achieved with seasonal fertility program – we recommend spring, summer and fall applications of slow release, high quality fertilizer.
  • Thick healthy turf is best defence against weeds and insects.
  • Annual liming to maintain soil pH will improve fertilizer performance.


Over Seeding

  • Over seeding in spring and fall to thicken turf and repair damaged or thin areas (weeds and insects prefer those areas);
  • Consider overseeding with new grass cultivars that are pest resistant.


Reduce Thatch/Compaction

  • Mechanical core aeration relieves soil compaction and thatch build up.
  • Aeration promotes root development through nutrient oxygen and water penetration.
  • Leave cores on lawn as compost.
  • Consider vigourous raking to reduce thatch.  Be careful when using dethatching machines as they can damage  healthy turf.


Weeds

  • If hand weeding, fill holes created by weed removal with soil and grass seed.
  • If you use pesticides, always follow the product label and use only approved products.
  • If unsure of rules or application methods, consult with a landscape professional or your local nursery/garden centre.