- Why Is Top-Dress with Compost so Effective?
- How to Get Rid of Weeds Using Corn Gluten?
- How Often Should a Lawn be Mowed?
- When is the Best Time to Water a Lawn?
- When Should Grass Seeding be Done?
- How Important is it to Use Mulch in My Gardens?
Why Is Top-Dress with Compost so Effective?
Compost significantly increases soil’s ability to hold water, improves soil structure, stimulates microbial activity, breaks down thatch and neutralizes the soil’s pH, creating a healthy sustainable lawn. It is simply the best natural slow-release soil amendment.
How to Get Rid of Weeds Using Corn Gluten?
Corn gluten meal is a both an herbicide and a natural source of nitrogen. It is non-toxic and will not damage your lawn. Using the pellet form of corn gluten will protect your lawn for up to six weeks. Corn gluten meal can be applied with a fertilizer spreader followed by a water application. The pellets will continue to decompose and release into the ground every time it rains. Applying corn meal in the spring controls the germination of weed seeds.
How Often Should a Lawn be Mowed?
It is generally recommended that the lawn be mowed once a week to avoid shocking it by cutting too much of the grass blade. During hot spells, the cutting height should be raised to prevent the lawn from drying out.
When is the Best Time to Water a Lawn?
The best time to water a lawn is early in the morning to avoid loss due to evaporation. Watering at night can cause the lawn to remain wet for a long period of time, which can contribute to fungal disease. There is no need to water more than about 2.5 cm per week to maintain a healthy lawn, including rainfall. Lawns should typically be watered twice a week, even with an in-ground sprinkler. It is better to water less frequently and for longer periods of time.
When Should Grass Seeding be Done?
Grass seeds are typically applied either in the spring or in the fall, when the weather is generally cooler. They can be applied with a top dressing soil to help thicken the lawn and reduce the incidence of weeds, insects and fungi. A layer of compost can also be applied to allow the seeds to remain moist.
How Important is it to Use Mulch in My Gardens?
Mulch is typically an organic material such as bark that helps the soil retain water and inhibit weed growth. Mulch also gives your garden aesthetic appeal.