Spring Lawn Care

You have your garden ready for perennials, but have you started preparing your lawn for spring? Discover what you need to get a lush, green lawn this year.

Is there a difference between lawn seed for shade and sun?

Yes! However, we made that easy for you.

Shade grass species like Red Fescue are well suited to drought and they can survive better under a shady tree canopy. Parkwood® Grass Seed Sun & Partial Shade consists of 40% red fescue grass, 30% Kentucky blue grass, 30% perennial ryegrass.

This blend will establish quickly in both sunny areas as well as areas that receive partial sun. The mixture produces an admirable dark green lawn that has a natural resistance to leaf and stem-feeding insects due to a naturally occurring beneficial fungus. The mixture also wards off other fungal issues such as endophytic fungus.

Available in 500g bags (covers 161 sq. ft.), and 2kg. bags (covers 646 sq. ft.)

If you have an area that is covered by mature trees or a neighbours house, we have a solution for you. Parkwood® Grass Seed – Shade consists of 60% red fescue grass, 30% perennial ryegrass, 10% Kentucky blue grass that work together to produce a fine-textured hardy lawn.

It will grow in areas with up to 65% shade and blends well with existing sodded lawns. This blend requires less water and fertilizer than conventional lawn mixes.

Available in 500g bags (covers 322 sq. ft.), and 2kg. bags (covers 1288 sq. ft.)

Fertilizer

Applying fertilizer to your lawn in spring will promote vigorous growth. You only need to fertilize once every season. Water thoroughly after using fertilizer on your lawn.

First, rake the lawn in April when it is firm and dry enough to walk on without leaving footprints. After mowing your lawn two to three inches, apply Parkwood® Spring & Summer Lawn Fertilizer 18-0-6 for robust and green growth. Some of the nitrogen (the first number in the formula) will release quickly for a rich green, carpet effect while the rest slowly releases over a six to eight-week period.

Close up of fresh thick grass with water drops in the early morning

You can apply Parkwood® 9-1-1 with kelp if you had issues with crabgrass the previous year. It can be used up to mid-May to prevent crabgrass seed from returning. We recommend not over seeding within six weeks of a weed suppressant.

Viva Lawn can also be added as a top dressing to your lawn. It provides nutrients for plant growth and can be applied throughout the year after seeding and fertilizing by simply raking over an existing lawn.

Smart Watering Techniques

Proper watering of your lawn will protect your lawn and keep the cost of water low. Don’t soak your lawn – applying too much water will lead to a shallow roots system making it easier for pests and weeds to grow.

Avoid watering in the afternoon; water any time before 10 am and after 4 pm, as watering mid-day causes evaporation, which leads to less water reaching the roots.

Consider adjusting your sprinklers to avoid unnecessary watering of walkways and streets. You can also invest in a moisture or rain sensor if you have an in-ground sprinkler system to ensure it does not water after it rains.

When the heat of summer arrives, you might notice your lawn beginning to wilt or turn brown – this is your lawn’s natural defence to drought, so don’t fret! Colour should come back in cooler and damp weather come fall.

Ground Covers: Alternatives to Grass

Ground covers can be used anywhere that bare soil needs to be covered. Most often they replace areas of the lawn where grass will not grow. They can be used on slopes where erosion is a problem and are often used to replace grass grown on a hill where mowing is difficult.

Ground covers are becoming increasingly more popular due to their rich colour and pleasing texture; some even flower, which can help pollinators.

Take a look at our website to find a low maintenance ground cover for your sun or shady areas.

Galium Odoratum (Sweet Woodruff) makes a lush flowering ground cover
Galium odoratum (sweet woodruff) makes a lush flowering ground cover

Nematodes & Beneficial Insects

Did you know some insects can benefit your garden?

Natural insect pest control is a sustainable way to support the environment and protect your garden. Applying nematodes to your yard and garden is a growing trend; these microscopic defenders seek out and kill lawn grubs (cutworm, onion maggot, Japanese beetle, rust worm to name a few). They are 100% natural and safe for use around people and pets.

Nematodes should be applied when the target pest is in their larval stage. Come by and talk to our staff to find out when the ideal time to utilize nematodes would be.

It is best to apply nematodes at dusk or when it is rainy because they are vulnerable to dehydration from sunlight. Always thoroughly water the area before and after application.

Native Canadian ladybugs can help control aphids on your plants. They can be released anytime from June to September once they are out of hibernation.

Praying Mantis can be seed mid-June once the weather is hot enough and daylight hours are longer. If you notice an infestation of aphids, beetles, caterpillars, chinch bugs, Colorado potato beetles, leafhoppers, hornworms, leafrollers, squash bugs, thrips or whiteflies, the mantis will help combat these issues in the garden.

Take a look at our full range Natural Solutions for your yard.

By Kayla-Jane Barrie