As easy as it sounds, many people find it very tough to maintain a pristine green healthy lawn. Rather than hiring a professional lawn expert to fix your grass lawn, you would be surprised that you can actually do it yourself and still achieve the same results as the professional do. All you need is an adjustment in your techniques in taking proper care of your grass lawn.
The following are guidelines you can use to help you achieve the professional look for your grass lawn:
1. Use Top soil to cover bald patches and exposed soil:
There are animals and birds which likes to regularly dig deep into your grass lawn and destroy them leaving behind bald patches and deep exposed soil. Though you can't do much to stop the actions of the animals and birds, you can remedy it by applying top soil on those bald patches and exposed soil. Then tamper the soil tight by stamping your feet or tampering tools, and level it with the rest of the grass lawn.
2. Apply new grass seeds:-
When the danger of frost is over during the month of April and spring has just arrived (Spring season will depends on various province and cities around Canada), you will need to start applying new grass seeds on your lawn.
Look for bald patches on your lawn and any exposed soil. That's where you want to apply your new grass seed. Try to apply generous amount of grass seeds, over seeding it if required.
3. Apply Lawn Fertilizer:
Don't forget to apply lawn fertilizer as well on your lawn. This is something that many people ignores as they think it is unimportant to use quality fertilizer to feed their grass lawn. You can either use "compost" or "Granular size Scott lawn fertilizer". By doing this, you are giving your lawn grass a better chance to outgrow the weeds.
The idea is to make your grass grow faster, stronger and outgrow the weeds, before the weeds even have a chance to start growing. This is why it is important to start "over seeding" and "Fertilizer application", few weeks before the weeds start to grow. Once all bald patches and exposed soil has been covered with thick healthy grass, the weeds will not stand much chance to grow later on as the weather gets warmer.
Repeat the above two step of "Applying new grass seeds" and "Applying lawn fertilizer", during the fall time around (September or October) when the weeds have died off.
4. Water your grass lawn:
Contrary to what many people believe, you do not need to water your grass lawn too often. The secret to knowing when to water, is by watching to see if your grass is about to turn slight yellow in color. That is the best time to start watering your grass lawn.
Watering too often will waste your money and is actually unnecessary. It will also make your grass grow long too fast and you will need to frequently cut them again.
Try to water less frequently but deeply enough to make your lawn somewhat soaking wet. After sunset is the best time to water because the water wouldn't dry up so fast, as opposed to watering in the morning or afternoon.
The problem with watering in morning or afternoon is that the water would dry up fast in the hot sun and you could possibly shock your grass blades. In summer days, the grass is hot in the sun, and when you apply cold water on your grass, it might shock them, just like what happens when you pour ice cold water in very hot glass, the glass will crack. It gives a "Thermal Shock" to your grass blades.
5. Remove the unwanted weeds manually by hand:
It may be tempting to use "Weed killer" chemicals available at garden stores as it is easier to apply and saves time, but it is quite expensive to regularly use them. Also the weeds will grow back in no time to haunt you again. If you can afford them, sure that is a good way to go about removing unwanted weeds.
Otherwise, using your hand is just as effective and cost saving. You do not need to pull out the entire roots of the weed plants since it will be very difficult and time consuming to do so. Instead, simply pull out the flowers of the weeds daily.
If you do this every day, the weeds will not have a chance to flower and produce seeds. Thus, reducing the number of future weeds appearing next year in your grass lawn. Don't wait for too long like a week or so, else you will have so many weeds to pull out, which will overwhelm you.