Spring is on its way. Finally.
Spring is about to be sprung!
Time to start thinking about lawn care and yard work Calgary.
After many long months of short days and sub-zero temperatures, Calgarians can finally allow themselves to start thinking of spring and all the sweet warmth, lawn care, and yard work it brings.
Those of us who wait for spring’s arrival with itching green thumbs will soon be hard at work digging into our lawns and gardens, prepping them for the glorious Canadian summer ahead. It’s an exhilarating time to be in the Calgary yard work business!
In this first installment of a series of posts dedicated to spring lawn care, we’re going to take a look at one of the major things you want to do (or at least seriously consider) for your springtime Calgary lawn maintenance:
Revamping your landscape.
Winter is coming.
Bundle up your yards – it’s gonna get cold!
As Calgarians, we all instinctively know old man Winter’s on his way. But putting that knowledge into practical action is a totally different thing – why prepare your yard (or anything else) for winter when those warm, glorious days of summer are such a fresh memory?!
Yet preparation is absolutely necessary. Commercials are already telling you to get those winter tires on your car, Christmas advertising is already in full swing, and the flannel sheets are in the wash. But not enough attention is paid to what needs to be done to ready your lawn and garden for the winter months… Which is too bad, since a healthy yard is a beautiful yard and proper winter maintenance is integral to keeping your front and back yard happy & healthy.
Follow these 7 tips for winter lawn maintenance and watch as your yard thanks you in the warmer times ahead!
How often should you cut your grass? How long should your grass be after mowing. These are the eternal, and sometimes controversial, questions of good lawn care.
The first question is easy to answer. If you think your lawn looks a mess, cut it. It will look better and you will be satisfied. Never mow when your grass is wet, especially if it is long. The weight of your mower and your footsteps will press the wet grass into the soil and may result in unsightly yellow or even bare spots.
Fancy grasses can be cut short – less than one and one-half inches – two or three times a week. These grasses are very expensive, however, and need a lot of close care, not unlike golf putting greens. Most ordinary grasses look best and grow best at between one and one-half and two and one-half inches. Three and one-half inches is doable, but, again requires more care. Mowing once a week should be sufficient.
If you cut your grass too short this can result in dry spots as the roots are not able to take up enough water. Watering twice a week for about an hour is usually enough in ordinary weather. A particularly dry summer may require more watering. It’s always good to cut your grass short – one and one-half inches – the last time you mow in the autumn.
Finally, of course, remember your neighbours. No mowing at 7:00 am on the weekend. Wait until 11:00 and everyone will feel much better.
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Nobody wants a lawn that looks like a dandelion or crabgrass farm. But getting rid of these and other pesky intruders can test your will to garden, especially if you are averse to chemicals. Well, Superyards can help. We’ll show you how to get rid of weeds and, if you please, do it without using chemicals.
It takes longer to clean up your yard naturally and it’s more work, but can be enjoyable and productive exercise. Here are some suggestions to get you started. For the best exercise you can do it by hand. Get one of those dandelion diggers that looks like a long screwdriver with a “v” cut out of its flat head, get down on your knees and get to work. Remember to get all of each root out or the little yellow flowers will soon poke back up. Stand up and be proud, of yourself and your yard.
This doesn’t work as well with crabgrass and other creepy crawly weeds whose roots are the devil to find and pull up. So, you’ll probably want to whip up some natural poison and spray them to death. Here’s a good recipe: Get a gallon jug and fill it with a 10 per cent concentration of vinegar. Add one ounce of orange oil, one teaspoon of dishwashing liquid and one teaspoon of molasses. Gently shake the jug to mix the ingredients. Fill a quart spray bottle with the natural weed killer and let ‘em have it. Be careful not to hit the plants you want to keep growing. Salt works even better, but it corrupts the soil and kills dead everything it touches. Only use it for spot work.
Once you have cleared away the weeds you can keep them from coming back by mulching your grass cuttings – a special lawn mower blade is available – and applying corn gluten meal.
If DIY isn’t your thing, call us at Superyards and we’ll do it all for you naturally. If you live in Calgary, lawn care (yes, organic) is our passion.
Always wear shoes while mowing the lawn.
Lawn mowing accidents happen all the time so take precautions instead of a trip to the emergency room or doctor’s office. It’s easy to reduce the risk of an accident if you follow a few safety tips.
1. Wear shoes with covered toes and safety goggles.
2. Remove branches, rocks, toys, tools, dog turds, and other obstacles. If grass is too long to see well, walk through it and carefully look for hidden obstacles or rake it first.
3. If mowing on an incline, stay above the mower as much as possible so you don’t inadvertently mow over your own feet.
4. Use a weed trimmer for edges instead of the mower.
5. Maintain your mower’s blades and engine if it has one. Secure loose parts like handles.
6. Keep children and pets out of the yard while mowing.
7. Don’t rain after it rains or if grass is wet. This makes the grass too heavy and nothing functions as easily or well.
8. Don’t mow in excessive heat or sun. Cover up and use sunscreen and drink plenty of water.
Or you can always hire a professional do it for you.
Superyards would love to do your lawn care if you live in Calgary, Alberta.
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