The grass doesn't always have to be greener on the other side. Here's some great tips on how to keep your lawn healthy and vibrant this summer!
A healthy lawn only needs about 1 inch of water a week to stay healthy. If you're faced with water restrictions, its important to make sure you're maximizing your lawn's ability to retain moisture with what's available. As a general rule, the most beneficial time to water your lawn in the early morning for best water absorption. Between 11am and 3pm is the warmest part of the day, so any watering done at this time will likely just evaporate before it has a chance to be absorbed. You also don't want to water at night when there isn't any sunlight as this increases the chance of your lawn producing fungi and disease.
June in Calgary is actually the wettest month of the year. To see if you can supplement some of your watering from mother nature, be sure to check the local weather forecast.
It's good to keep your grass about 3 inches tall. This will allow the grass to form deeper roots and better hold moisture, which will also make it more resistant to drought conditions. Grass which is cut too short will often dry out and die much quicker than a slightly longer grass, simply because it can't hold on to the water.
Also, ensure your mower blades are sharp! Similar to a shave, you don't want to dull blades ripping the grass rather than cutting it. Unlike us, grass can't get razor burn, but it is more open to diseases if it's been damaged (ripped) rather than cut.
Mix up your mowing method. Mowing in the same direction and same pattern every time has been found to compact the grass and create turf wear from the mower wheels. Try a new direction or new pattern each time you mow to prevent too much compaction.
With proper care, a healthy lawn should be able to repair minor damage by itself. If you have larger dead patches pop up, you can fix it by reseeding the damaged area with a mixture of grass seed and soil. Spread the mixture on the damaged area, step on it lightly to compact it, and finish the repair with water. Make sure the area stays moist until new seedlings take root, and your repair is complete!
If you're looking for more information about landscaping, bylaws, or more lawn care tips be sure to check out the City of Calgary's website.
Krista Kehoe, Calgary real estate agent & REALTOR®