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GreenLawn Canada

May 31, 2011 10:03 ET

5 Things You Should Know About Spring & Summer Lawn Care

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 31, 2011) - Finally, it's that wonderful time of year here in Canada, when we can say with relative certainty that the snow is long gone. Of course that means it's time to turn our thoughts from snow blowers to lawn mowers and spring and summer lawn care. So if the melted snow has revealed a lawn that is less than ideal, here are five important things you should know about Spring & Summer lawn care, from your neighbourhood experts at GreenLawn.

1. Timing is Everything

If your lawn is looking a little sparse or if your dog's winter bathroom breaks have resulted into several dead spots, you might be tempted to over seed this spring. It's an understandable thought, but the fact is unless the situation is dire, over seeding really shouldn't be part of your springtime lawn care. Fall is the ideal time to over seed your lawn because it gives the new grass a chance to grow without having to compete with invading weeds.

2. Raking Isn't Just for Fall Leaves

Prior to applying lawn fertilizer, raking and thatch removal are vital parts of your springtime lawn care regimen. So if you haven't already, grab your rake and clear any leftover winter debris from your lawn. Then give it a more thorough raking to remove any thatch. Thatch is a dry, light brown layer of stems and roots that develops between your lawn and the soil. Because thatch can increase insect and disease problems, you'll want to be sure to have it taken care of.

3. Apply the Right Lawn Fertilizer at the Right Time

Lawns fertilizers should be applied at specific intervals, as part of a seasonal fertilization program, however; homeowners must be careful to add the right amount at the right time. Because, while adding spring lawn fertilizer is an important part of springtime lawn care, adding too much spring lawn fertilizer can actually cause weed growth and disease. In terms of applying fertilizers during the summer season, adding lawn fertilizer too late in the season will encourage growth at a time when grass should be slowing its growth in preparation for winter.

In addition to timing, when adding lawn fertilizer as part of your lawn care program it's very important to use the right kind of fertilizer. When staring down aisles of different fertilizers; choosing the right fertilizer can seem a little daunting. Make sure you read the labels carefully and get to know the needs of your lawn. To be 100% sure that your lawn receives the right care at the right time, contact a professional lawn care service like your local GreenLawn.

4. Yes, You Can Help Prevent Weed Growth

While it may be practically impossible to prevent weed seeds from finding their way into your lawn, there are things you can do to help make your lawn an unfavourable place for them to grow. Lawn aeration, adjusting fertilizing schedules and even changing the height of your mower blade can all play a part in discouraging weed growth. Of course, if weeds continue to be a problem, the best thing you can do is to call your local GreenLawn lawn care specialists for professional weed control help.

5. Hiring a Lawn Care Service Can be Affordable

If you've been looking over at your neighbour's lawn and thinking the grass really is greener on the other side, take comfort in knowing that you can have a healthy, beautiful lawn this summer too. Lawn care really is affordable! Your local GreenLawn can give your lawn the love it deserves with lawn care service such as fertilization, weed control, pest control and more, and all at a price you can afford. So this year, instead of worrying about the basics of lawn fertilization or hunting dandelions, call on the professionals, sit back and enjoy the results.

About GreenLawn

GreenLawn has been making Canadian lawns lush for over 30 years. With 11 locations across the nation, we provide lawn care, tree and shrub care, landscape and maintenance services for residential and commercial clients of all types and sizes. To learn more about GreenLawn lawn care services or to schedule lawn care service, please visit http://local.greenlawncanada.com/Lawn-Care.

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