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It is about that time again isn’t it. Mowing season will soon come to an end. The weather will begin to get cooler. Everything will be pumpkin spice flavored, and you’ll have to start pulling out your warm hoodies. You prepare yourself for the cooler weather but what do you do to prepare your lawn?

Just a few steps to help your lawn survive this fall and winter.

First, aeration is something we strongly recommend for winter preparation. It is like allowing your lawn to take one deep breath before all the snow arrives to cover it up. Similar to how you take a breath before going under water.

Second, fertilizing your lawn in the fall before the winter helps revive itself after the hot summer sun, the grass has a chance to build stamina before the chilly weather and it will lead to a healthier lawn in the spring. Plus, there is just something about that fall morning dew that provides moisture and helps absorb the fertilizer a lot better.

Third, seeding. This one is optional and not everyone does it but it will definitely help keep your lawn healthy during the winter. If you are planning on doing some fall seeding, make sure you let your provider know if your lawn gets a lot of foot traffic or if it is shady so they can help you choose the right type of seed. Be sure to rake up leaves if you have enough will prevent the seeds from reaching the soil.

Also, many are concerned that if they do not rake up leaves before the snow comes, the layer of leaves will smother the lawn. In some cases, this is a possibility, but it also depends on how many leaves you have. If you are not a fan of raking, you can also mow over the leaves to shred them into smaller pieces. This will decrease the chance of smothering your lawn over the winter.

Deep Root Fertilization, What’s That?

We just have one question for you – do your trees look sick? If they do, we have the best solution to your problem!

One of the things trees and people have in common is we both require proper nutrition to prevent and recover from sickness or injury.

That is why we strongly recommend deep root fertilization.

If you are unsure of whether your tree is healthy or not and there are no leaves to help you identify a problem, look at the branches. A tree typically dies from the tips of the branches first, if you try breaking a twig that has not already fallen to the ground and it instantly snaps like dry wood, the branch is dead.

Even if your tree is not dying, fertilizing will ensure that the chances of that happening are significantly decreased.

Here are a few benefits of deep root fertilizing your tree:

  • Fertilization programs can be personalized and customized as per the need of the tree; it is slow release so the tree is fertilized all season long.
  • Your tree will be more resistant to disease and insect infestation.
  • Fertilizing your tree can help reduce soil compaction.
  • The healthier your trees are the more attractive they will be.
  • Your healthy and fertilized tree will also help by providing much needed oxygen and taking in the bad air. Not only are you helping yourself, but the survival of everyone around you.

The best time to fertilize is early spring or late fall. So, don’t wait any longer.

No Mushrooms Please!

It’s time to talk about mushrooms, and no we don’t mean the kind you put on your Canadian pizza. We are talking the mushrooms on your lawn!

Unfortunately, we can’t help too much chemically with this issue but that is why we did our research and found a way you could get rid of those unsightly mushrooms without spending loads of money on weed control applications, only to end up with no results.

It all starts with a common household product…vinegar! If you mix in a spray bottle 3/4 water and 1/4 vinegar, you have your very own homemade mushroom killer. Be sure to wear gloves and spot spray ONLY the mushrooms, as it can kill the grass as well.

Mushrooms feed off animal waste, old mulch or even rotting trees, but the most common cause of mushrooms is too much moisture. Think about it, how does mold usually grow?

Well, it is very similar to mushrooms on the lawn since it is a fungus. If you over water on a day where we only have a couple hours of sun, that doesn’t leave “mushroom” for drying time so the water won’t absorb as fast as it should.

One of the best ways to prevent them from growing is to monitor your watering, making sure to water less in areas with shade. If you do find that you have an unsightly patch of mushrooms you just can’t get rid of, aerating the lawn will also help bring more oxygen into your soil and help the grass better manage watering.

Generally, mushrooms are harmless to your lawn. Believe it or not, some even say that mushrooms on your lawn can be a sign of healthy soil. However, that doesn’t mean you want to be looking a them everyday, we understand.

Hot, Hot, Hot!

How about that sun eh? June is always the hottest month of the year, and this is the time when you are more likely to experience dehydration, not just you, but your lawn too. Here are some things that should help you defeat the heat this summer.
Only water in the early mornings, before the sun is out or before it starts to get hot. This will give the water some time to soak into the soil instead of drying up too soon from the hot sun mid day.

We also don’t recommend night watering as it can promote lawn diseases due to the water clinging to grass blades and not evaporating fast enough overnight.

Limit the amount of lawn traffic, think pets or kids. We know they need their outside time too but just for this month at least to prevent the soil from becoming compacted and not allowing air to get to the roots.

If you mow your lawn yourself, try not to cut it short this month. Leaving your grass at longer heights will help allow the roots to extend deeper and prevent weeds from showing up. Longer grass also holds moisture a lot better so it won’t dry out as fast as shorter grass on those hot days of June

Try to resist the urge to fertilize your lawn during this month. Generally, it is most likely to burn from the sun and if you apply fertilizer, it may burn your lawn even more and can result in dark brown spots.

More importantly, do not forget to keep yourself hydrated!

If you have trouble remembering to drink water, drink on a schedule. For example, drink water when you wake up, at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and when you go to bed. Or, drink a small glass of water at the beginning of each hour, set an alarm if you have to.

If you don’t like the taste of water, try adding a lemon or lime. Also, when you are hungry and you know it is not the usual time you’d eat, try drinking water first. The human body often confuses thirst with hunger.

Signs of dehyration:
– Little to no bathroom breaks
– Dry mouth.
– Sleepiness or fatigue.
– Extreme thirst.
– Headache.
– Confusion.
– Dizziness or light-headedness.
– No tears when crying.

Are You Fighting The Lawn?

As mowing season is starting up with this warmer weather (finally!) we wanted to set you off with a few tips on making sure your lawn is cared for in the best possible way!

1. If possible, change your mowing direction every week to prevent ruts and burn lines in your lawn. It will also help more upright growth of your grass blades as the grass develops a grain based on the direction you mow (if you mow the same direction each week it will start to ‘lean’ that direction).

2. Reduce mowing frequency and raise the mowing height of cool-season grasses when hot, as the dry weather slows their growth rate.

3. Mow when the grass is dry. Mowing wet grass can cause the mower wheels to leave ruts in your yard, and you could leave behind clumps of clippings that could smother the grass beneath.

4. Don’t cut the grass too short. Shorter grass blades just can’t generate as much food as long blades. Long grass blades also shade and cool the soil. That means weed seeds are less likely to sprout, and you won’t have to water as often because water won’t evaporate as fast.

If you feel the lawn has won and you’d rather give that task to someone else give us a call today at (403) 394-DIRT (3478) or fill out an estimate request!

Do You Have Underground Sprinklers?

Now is the time you want to start thinking about starting your underground sprinkler system back up after the winter season.

If you use a professional to start up your sprinkler system, you can save yourself some time, stress, and in some cases, even money depending on if your system will need repairing and new parts. However, it is not impossible to do it yourself. If you want to give it a shot, here are some things you should know before you begin.

  1. Turn on the main water source – this is usually a valve located in the basement close to where the water meter is for homes with municipal water.
  2. This valve must be opened slowly. Opening the valve to quickly can create a surge of water that can potentially damage the master valve of the system
  3. Watering Schedule- Early morning hours are best. Avoid evening or mid-day watering.  Mid-day watering loses most of the water to evaporation, evening watering can lead to turf disease.
  4. Deep, infrequent watering is essential to developing a healthy root zone. Three times a week is often enough to allow for this.

We are so excited for the warmer weather to be here and can imagine you are as well. If you’d like a hand with your start up give us a call.

(403) 394-DIRT (3478)

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