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How to achieve the greenest lawn in the neighbourhood

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How to achieve the greenest lawn in the
neighbourhood
(NC)—It's that time of year once again
– snow is gone, temperatures are rising
and the yard is calling for some special
care! And early spring is the time
Canadians need to start undertaking the
dirty work if they want to achieve the
greenest looking lawn in the neighborhood. The Home Depot has compiled a
tool kit of essentials for a healthy, vibrant
lawn this spring. Dig in!
1. A power rake or lawn aerator – A
layer of partially decomposed stems and
roots, called thatch, can build up between
the grass and soil. While it can be beneficial – conserving ground moisture, cushioning turf and insulating soil from
extreme temperatures – heavy thatch
(over 1вЃ„2 inch think) can repel water, dry
up roots and provide cover for unwanted
insects. Using a power rake or a lawn aerator comes in handy to control thatch.
The lawn aerator will also pull cores out of
the soil allowing water, light and air to
enter and gradually break down the
thatch. For more severe cases of thatch, a
mechanical de-thatcher will take care of
the problem. If you aren't in the market to
purchase these tools, The Home Depot
Tool Rental Centre can be a good alternative.
2. Compost – Once the job of thatch
removal is complete, the soil needs to be
prepped to create a better environment
for roots to grow deeply and evenly – and
soak up much-needed moisture and
nutrients. Simply spread organic material
over the lawn before seeding. No compost? Try BeatsPeat by Plantbest, an Eco
Options alternative to peat moss.
3. Grass Seed – Don't overlook the
importance of grass seed in your lawn
care routine. Extra seeding can repair
bare patches and create a thick lawn that
can crowd out weeds and resist insects
and diseases. Try Eco Options-certified
Scotts Turf Builder Grass Seed, and for
optimal coverage use a hand-held spreader. Just remember, grass seed shouldn't be
covered with soil as it needs direct sunlight to grow.
4. Water – One essential that doesn't
require a trip to The Home Depot store in
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your community is water. Be vigilant and
water seed daily, ensuring it stays moist
for up to one hour per day and water new
lawns early in the morning to avoid water
being lost to germination. Proper water
care in the early stages helps to conserve
water once the lawn needs only to be
maintained. Once you start to see the
grass seed germinate you can reduce the
amount of watering. When your lawn is
established, water deeply only once a
week (unless it has rained) with at least
one inch of water to encourage healthy
roots.
5. Fertilizer – Fertilizer can give your
lawn an extra boost to thrive throughout
the summer months – especially if you
are late in giving it some attention.
Fortunately, there are many environmentally-preferred fertilizers available to promote strong root development and reduce
weeds.
For more information on how to
achieve a green lawn this spring, please
visit The Home Depot store in your community or www.homedepot.ca.
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