Canadians love the outdoors, but don’t always love spending the time or money needed for landscapes to thrive. April is National Lawn Care Month. Okay, it may not be Canada’s most well-known occasion but to professional landscapers it’s a big deal because it provides an opportunity to focus on the importance of lawn care.
Take time to appreciate your turf
There is nothing like feeling a cool lawn underneath your feet on a hot summer day, or watching the dew sparkle on a warm morning while enjoying a cup of coffee. But aside from these fleeting moments our landscapes often go unappreciated.
The fact is your turf does a lot for you on a daily bias. According to The Lawn Institute:
- “A lawn, 50 by 50 feet…releases enough oxygen for a family of four, while absorbing carbon dioxide, ozone, hydrogen fluoride, and peroxyacetyl nitrate.”
- Well maintained grass, as part of a well-planned landscape can boost property values by as much as 20%
- Lawns reduce noise and minimize glare
- A healthy, dense lawn prevents rain run-off
- The combined cooling effect of approximately eight lawns is equivalent to “about 70 tons of air conditioning” and the average central air unit only has at most a “3 to 4-ton capacity.”
In short, turf makes your property more valuable, energy efficient, cooler, and livable. Quite a lot to be thankful for!
Why is National Lawn Care Month in April? Well, we all know the saying “April showers bring May flowers,” but they can also bring a lush beautiful lawn (although this doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue quite as well).
As the snow slowly starts to melt away revealing a matted, muddy mess you used to call a lawn, it is time to start giving your turf the boost it needs to grow.
Spring lawn care, really, should start in the fall. Every quality landscaping company should offer to fall aeration services (unless some mitigating circumstances meant that this was not the best decision).
Proper fall lawn care also includes:
- Mowing as late into the season as possible
- Raking the leaves to prevent them from suffocating the turf below
- Fertilizing because grass roots will continue growing throughout the fall and winter
- Repairing any dead patches with seeds, fertilizer, or a combination of both in the form of a lawn repair mixer
- Offering weed control to prevent unwanted plants from sucking the limited nutrients and moisture away from your turf.
Following fall lawn care best practices should mean that, come spring, your turf already has a head start. In the spring, your landscape management company will repeat the turf care they did in the late fall and add a few important tasks:
- Begin pest control measures
- Offer weed control – spring is prime growing season and weeds will shoot up almost out of nowhere unless vigilant
- Begin mowing your site regularly
- Test your soil’s PH level if necessary to understand why quality turf isn’t growing properly
- Fertilize turf if appropriate (landscapers don’t fertilize cool season grasses until the summer, but do fertilize warm season grasses after the last frost)
- Offer aeration and top-dressing services.
- Plant cool season grasses as soon as the temperature is regularly in the mid-teens (Celsius)
- Plant warm season grasses when the temperatures are reliably in the 20’s (Celsius).
So, this April take the time to celebrate National Lawn Care Month and check in with your landscaping management company about their strategy to keep your turf healthy now, and through the rest of the year.
Written by David Lammers
David Lammers is the president of Garden Grove Landscaping. Garden Grove provides Commercial Landscape Management Services across the Golden Horseshoe, GTA and Southwestern Ontario. David may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-866-996-1099.