The aim of good maintenance is to keep the grass growing slowly, while remaining healthy and attractive. Proper maintenance makes the difference between a good and a poor lawn. It does not correct faulty establishment, but poor maintenance results in a poor lawn regardless of how much care has been taken in the establishment of the lawn.
A good lawn requires attention to proper mowing, feeding, watering and other management practices such as weeding, disease prevention and pest control.
Mowing affects growth and development of your lawn. In southwestern BC,
Good Mowing Practices:
Watering New Lawns
First Week: Keep sod soil moist at all times. During dry spells, you should
Subsequent Weeks: Water the turfgrass sod to maintain adequate
Note: If roll seams
are opening, your turf is shrinking. This is a sign that the
If your lawn is
sodded during the dry season, for the first two days you should
Watering Mature Lawns
Water to a depth of six inches. This will probably be necessary every 4 to 7 days, but may vary with the time it takes your lawn to drain. Avoid evening or late night watering as this can as this can cause conditions for disease.
Do not water on a predetermined schedule, but only as needed, when the first signs of water stress are detectable. When water stress occurs the grass begins to turn slightly blue and footprints persist when you walk on the lawn. Another term for water stress is wilting.
If water is in short supply and the grass is allowed to go dormant, do not water to restore growth unless the water can continue in adequate amounts. Once new growth occurs it will suffer serious injury if allowed to dry out again.
Note: You can measure the amount of water delivered by a sprinkler by setting out an open can within the sprinkler pattern. Measure the depth of the water collected in the can. When the water reaches a depth of 1" the lawn has had enough water.
Weed & Insect Control
Most weed and insect problems can be prevented by properly mowing and
Over fertilization is worse than not at all. Here are some tips on good fertilizing.
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