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Better Lawn Maintenance – Brampton Landscape Guide

Ontario has good growing conditions for lawns during summer months, but after a long winter, your turf sometimes needs extra help to restore a lush, green appearance. For the best lawn maintenance, Brampton homeowners will want to follow the steps below. A little know-how and extra effort is all it takes to keep your grass green and healthy.

Aerate and Dethach Your Lawn

Taking care of the unseen parts of your turf system is one of the best things you can do to produce healthy, green grass above ground. Aerating your lawn provides much needed air space in soil that gets compacted over time. Once it accumulates, thatch – the buildup of stems and roots at the ground surface – gets in the way of air and water making their way into the soil.

Aerating and dethatching should be done every two to four years depending on the conditions in your yard. You can rent the equipment and do it yourself or have one of the local Brampton landscaping companiesdo it for you.

Topdress Your Lawn

A fall topdressing is another way to maintain the soil quality in your yard. A thin layer of compost or compost and soil mix spread evenly across your lawn provides nutrients and adds organic matter. The best topdressing material is screened so that it has a fine texture and is free of twigs and stones. Look for an organic topdressing; it’s a good alternative to industrially processed fertilizers.

Keep Your Lawn Leaf Free

While there is nothing wrong with a few leaves scattered across your lawn, accumulated leaves that clump together cause problems. Wet, matted leaves smother the grass below; allowing them to remain for any length of time can result in dead, brown patches in the lawn. Be sure to rake your lawn every fall, possibly more than once, and keep an eye on it during the winter months.

Improve Your Grass Cutting Technique

Mowing your lawn is not complicated, but there are a couple of important things to know. Many homeowners cut too much at one time. It is best to cut no more than one-third of the height at one mowing. The grass will stay healthier and be better able to survive times of stress.

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