Ice storms and intense colds have made life hard on the lawn? Let’s see about lawn care ideas, in a few steps, give it backs its green and lustrous appearance.
When the soil is dry enough to start work, do a detailed inspection of your lawn. Look for damaged areas and note where to sow. that’s done, pass a lawn mower to remove the excess of dead leaves from the previous fall and yellowed twigs of grass.
- Thatch, consisting of stems, rhizomes and partially decomposed roots, accumulates on the surface of a lawn whose biological activity is slowed down. Present in small quantities, it protects the soil by acting as a barrier against erosion and ultraviolet rays. Too much, it suffocates the soil by impeding the absorption of oxygen and water. In this case, it will be necessary to dethatch.
- Performed with motorized rental equipment, the operation is aggressive and damages the roots of the grass. He prefers the gentle method, which consists of spreading a thin layer of compost on the stubble in order to stimulate the micro-organisms present.
It is necessary for compacted soils that no longer allow water, air or nutrients to enter. Using a mechanical aerator, remove the soil cores and leave them on the ground. Use a rake to break them up and spread them all over the lawn. A well ventilated lawn will facilitate the infiltration of water and accelerate the decomposition of organic matter.
Liming and PH
The application of lime is necessary to bring acidic soil back to a neutral ph. A medium that is too acidic is detrimental to the diet and growth of grasses, and promotes the growth of fungi. With rare exceptions, clay soils do not need pH adjustment. If in doubt, have the calcium requirements of your soil assessed. Nurseries offer this kind of services, as well as the necessary compounds to correct the situation.
To repair the most damaged areas of the lawn, cuttings can be used to cut flower beds. You can also prepare a mixture of peat moss, seedling fertilizer and soil to which the seeds are incorporated at 1 cm deep by compacting a little with the feet. In both cases, regular watering will be required for the next two weeks.
In addition to compost, you can also use peat moss or garden soil. Roughly extend the shovel and finish the work with a rake to sink the compost at the base of the stems. Topdressing improves the structure and richness of the soil, and tones new growth.
Proper mowing will allow your lawn to develop a deep root network and increase its resistance to arid summer times. Care should be taken to use a trimmer with a sharp blade. With a blunt blade, the lawn would take an unattractive grayish hue, resulting from the browning of the torn end of the stems.
In our regions, seasonal rains fill at least two-thirds of lawn water requirements. The missing third must be provided by occasional watering during the driest periods. It is advisable to irrigate early in the morning so that the soil has time to absorb all the water it needs, leaving as little as possible to the hot rays of the midday sun.