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Lawn Maintenance Alberta

More Tips for a Gorgeous Lawn

When it comes to lawn care, it can feel like some people have a green thumb. They seem to have an intuitive grasp of plants and their care. You don’t have to be a master in landscape design in order to make your lawn look beautiful. You just need to know what and when to do certain things.

But you might feel a little differently. Maybe it seems like you have a black thumb, and weeds and pestilence are what you get instead of a verdant and healthy landscape. Don’t worry, because we’re here to help. Recently, we shared a few tips to help make the most of your lawn care duties, and today we’d like to share a few more.

Lawn Maintenance Tips for Your Alberta Property

  • You undoubtedly understand that watering your lawn regularly is critically important. But it’s just as important to remember not to overwater. The roots of the grass require oxygen to live, and they can drown. A good rule of thumb is to water 3-5 times per week when the dry season hits. If you’ve got stationary sprinkler heads, keep irrigation time to between 7-12 minutes. With rotating sprinkler heads, stick with 12-20 minutes. If you see pooling water or soil that’s obviously saturated, cut back on the water.
  • Fertilizing the lawn is a great habit to get into, and you should be doing it about 3-5 times during the year. Read the directions on the fertilizer bag and follow it closely, but you don’t want to apply too much, because it can actually “burn” the lawn. Also, when you do apply fertilizer, do it at a time of day when the temperature is below 26.7 degrees Celsius.
  • Aeration is a necessity when it comes to keeping your lawn healthy. During the process, plugs get removed from the soil which allows more oxygen to penetrate the root zone. It also allows microorganisms a way to get in and naturally dispose of unwanted thatch, as well as cutting down on compaction. Aeration should be done during the spring and fall months. Your landscaper can easily do it, or you can do it yourself by buying or renting an aerator.
  • We mentioned thatch earlier, and that’s a layer of dead grass that’s found between the grass foliage and the roots. You’ll know that you need thatching to happen if your lawn has a kind of spongy feel to it.
  • One of the most maddening problems with lawns are the appearance of bare patches where there was once grass. Overseeding the bare areas are a good solution, and you can use a mixture of ryegrass and fine fescue seeds. Another benefit of overseeding is that it stops the growth of harmful varieties of grass. This is best done in the fall and spring months.
  • Lots of homeowners have to deal with mole colonies setting up shop in their yards. These little rodents love to tunnel several inches below the surface of the grass, and this tunneling can create a wide variety of problems. If you’re willing to pay for it, many pest control companies can remove them. For a DIY solution, sprinkle used kitty litter around their holes and slightly inside. The smell can make moles think predators are close by, and they can potentially leave on their own.
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Landscaping Calgary

Tips for a Gorgeous Lawn

As one of Calgary’s premier landscaping companies, we see a lot of lawns. We figure there are roughly three kinds of homeowners. First are those who, well, basically don’t do anything. Their lawns look terrible, and everybody in the neighborhood gives them the side-eye because they bring down property values. Second are the average homeowners, those who do enough to keep things looking reasonable, but likely don’t have time to do more than that. The third category is those who put in the work and, as a result, their home looks like it belongs on a magazine cover.

If you’re reading this, you probably care about the condition of your landscape to a degree. But maybe you’re not quite sure how to take it to the next level, or you want to do a few things to enhance its appearance without spending numerous hours outdoors. We get it. Keep reading, and we’ll share a few tips to help your lawn look better and be healthier.

How to Improve the Look of Your Landscaping

  • It’s important to mow your lawn, but it’s more important when it comes to how you mow. Begin by cutting 2 strips around the perimeter, then start cutting in straight lines that are perpendicular to the perimeter lines. After that, try to alter the pattern you mow in every other mowing sessions. When growing season hits, mow weekly and ideally remove up to ⅓ of the height of the grass.
  • If you want your lawn to look ideal, your lawnmower needs to be operating ideally. Every season, take the time to sharpen the mower blades. Also, before you begin for the season, change the oil in the mower and be sure to do that yearly. You’ll know the mower is operating at peak proficiency if you can easily mow wet grass and pick up clippings.
  • Want to make your lawn stand out from the others? Put in a little time edging your turf. When you create a distinctive edge, you’re creating a distinctive boundary between the lawn and flowerbeds or bushes. As a result, you achieve a look that avoids clutter and is nice and clean. You can use either a gas-powered edger or a weedeater, both will achieve the same end result. Also, make sure you edge after every other mowing.
  • This might sound like a bit of a no-brainer, but weeds aren’t much of an issue when you have a healthy lawn. Having said that, they can occasionally appear. When you see them, you can either pull them out by hand or use a selective herbicide. The risk you run by using a non-selective herbicide is that it can kill the grass that surrounds the weeds. While you’re mowing, keep an eye out for weeds and deal with them as soon as you see them.
  • Sometimes, moss can be a recurring annoyance, usually appearing in shady spots and areas where the soil isn’t encouraging healthy grass to grow. By pruning bushes and shrubbery, you can reduce shade and let in more sunlight. If you can’t remove the shade, think about removing the grass in that area and replacing it with plants that are shade tolerant. To kill moss, you can use liquid iron, but don’t let it drip onto hard surfaces since the stain is very tough to get rid of.

With these tips, you can have the perfect lawn! Contact our professionals today to learn how we can help you.

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Landscaping Calgary

Landscaping: Suggestions for Avoiding Winter Problems

When most of us think of landscaping, we think of a sunny summer day cutting the grass and clipping the hedges. We might think of autumn and spending an afternoon or two raking leaves. But when winter hits…pretty much nothing happens. That’s normal, right? Well, if keeping your lawn looking its best is a priority to you, you’ll want to take steps and care for the lawn all year long.

However, there’s a trick to it. We know, you’re probably thinking to yourself, “During winter, how hard is it really to look after the lawn?” There are right and wrong ways to perform lawn care, and by avoiding common pitfalls, you can ensure your landscape looks fantastic and stays healthy throughout the year. 

What NOT to do with winter landscaping:

  • It’s common wisdom that, when you cut the grass for the last time during the season, you should cut it as short as possible. However, that wisdom is wrong, because when the grass is too short, weeds can move in. Keep the grass cut to about 2-3 inches. It will be an effective buffer for weeds, as well as keep moisture in the soil more efficiently.
  • Speaking of the last grass cutting of the year, too many people don’t think ahead to the following spring and, as a result, the lawn doesn’t look so hot through autumn and winter. Take the time to either have a good once-over lawn manicure done or do it yourself by re-emphasizing the lines diagonally. When you do that, the lawn looks great during cold months.
  • During the summer, lots of homeowners have irrigation systems going to keep plants looking green. But plants still require water all year long, and they often don’t get any in winter. If you let shrubbery, trees, and grass only get water from rain and snow, you’re putting them at higher risk of dehydration and contracting disease. Take a little time to give them the occasional watering, and they’ll stay strong.
  • You might be more on the proactive side of things by remembering to apply fertilizer. That’s great because you can start the next season out stronger. The trick is using the right fertilizer. For example, granular fertilizers have a nasty habit of taking much longer to dissolve properly when things get cold. The best way to avoid this issue is to use sprayable fertilizer, which is much easier for plants to absorb.
  • Odds are you know the most insidious and annoying obstacle standing between you and a beautiful landscape are pests. Many homeowners figure that, when winter rolls around, the cold temperatures will kill off insects and they can start spring with a clean slate. Not the case, because insects are great at finding places to dig in and weather the winter. It’s worth your time to periodically check your plants for infestations and deal with them as soon as you find them.
  • Finally, we know that raking leaves is a chore that’s incredibly boring. It’s also incredibly necessary since an accumulation of leaves creates a great environment for mold and fungus. Plus, snow will stick around longer in an unraked yard and be more difficult to get rid of.

To learn how we can help you, please contact us today!