The best time to prepare your lawn for winter is now
(NC) Preparing your lawn for a Canadian winter can be a tricky business even for the most experienced gardener. Follow these three tips early this fall and watch the fruits of your labour blossom after a long, cold winter:
• Top-dress your lawn with a thin layer of compost or good garden soil, and add grass seed appropriate to your lawn condition and local growing area. This will help to regenerate your lawn and take care of any thinned-out areas. Mix the compost into the existing soil before seeding or laying sod, or spread it in a thin layer raked over the existing lawn.
• Over-seeding, or regularly spreading grass seed on your lawn, will ensure that it remains dense. Keep the new seed well-watered until the new grass is established
• Fertilizing promotes vigorous growth the following spring. Clippings left on the lawn are rich in nitrogen and provide free and easy fertilization. Make sure you spread fertilizers evenly and thinly to avoid clumps.
A healthy lawn reduces the need to apply pesticides for the control of weeds and insect pests. More information on this topic is available from Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency. Consult “Maintaining a Lawn” at www.healthycanadians.gc.ca, dial 1-800-267-6315 toll-free, or e-mail email@example.com.
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