Maintaining Your Lawn
Maintaining your lawn can save you time and reduce your watering costs.
Maintaining a healthy lawn
If you had Calgary Landscaping install your new lawn, we have some good news. You have a blend of Kentucky Blue Grass that is Water Star qualified and TWCA approved.
This means your blend of grass already uses up to 50% less water and stays green longer in the season. If you have an existing lawn we can replace it, but if that is not an option following a good maintenance regime will help.
Mowing Your Lawn
Proper mowing keeps turf grass healthy and beautiful. Kentucky Bluegrass should be mowed at a height between 2-3″ (5-8 cm).
Don’t let your grass grow too tall so that it begins to fall over. The taller the grass, the less dense the lawn and the higher the chance of weed infestation.
Only remove 1/3 of the leaf height at once using a nice sharp mower blade.
TIPS: Don’t let your grass go to seed. You may think that it is beneficial for your lawn to re-seed itself, but it weakens healthy grass and pulls nutrients from the soil.
It is much better to use a Pro Grade Seed from a quality seed supplier.
How much fertilizer your lawn needs depends on soil fertility and how much growth you want. We recommend using a starter fertilizer with newly installed grass.
Continue to fertilize using a 4-Step Program, which can be purchased at any local garden centre. Always water-in the fertilizer to prevent burning. Never apply fertilizer to wet grass leaves, especially during extreme heat.
Aeration and Top-dressing
Compacted soil prevents water, air and nutrients from reaching turf grass roots. Heavy soils such as clay and wet soils are prone to compaction, especially in high traffic areas.
Annual lawn aeration and topdressing will help to refresh and rejuvenate your lawn for the growing season.
A healthy, well-maintained lawn should have minimal thatch (accumulation of old leaves, clippings, stems, roots and other organic material that has failed to decay).
Thatch can prevent water and fertilizer from reaching the root zone as well as harbour plant diseases and pests.
Raking thoroughly is usually enough to remove thatch, however, in severe cases use either a vertical mower or contact a local landscape professional.
It is important to keep an eye on your grass throughout the summer. By monitoring your grass regularly you reduce the risk of undesirable conditions, such as pests or weeds taking over your lawn.
Surprise! Your Kentucky Bluegrass from Calgary Landscaping is drought tolerant. If you are unable to water your established lawn, it is good to know that your Kentucky Bluegrass will go dormant during dry weather. Even though it looks brown, it will green up again with a good watering or rain. If you have frequent drought conditions or you want to cut down on maintenance you should consider installing irrigation.
The first signs of drought stress are “foot-prints”, where the grass blades don’t rebound after walking across your lawn. The next sign of drought is when the leaves start to roll over and a colour change to blue-grey occurs.