How to properly prepare my lawn for healthy grass?

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Posted by: from Mississauga
1/26/2011 at 2:58:33 PM

As spring approaches I'm looking for advice on how I can prepare my lawn to produce healthy grass without patches. Should I fertilize? If so, with what product(s) and at what time of the year? I did manage to get my lawn in decent shape last year but did have some weak areas. I never fertilized in the fall but thought a spring spread might help.

Also, what are the best tools to combat weeds? I live on a corner lot beside a busy street that seems to blow everyone's seeds to my lawn so every week I'm pulling out new weeds. I'm almost tempted to drive over the boarder for some good old fashion weed killer spray.

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AB GardenWorks in London
Date/Time1/28/2011 at 12:00:23 PM

Hey Troy,

To give you lawn the best possible headstart in the spring, You should explore aeration and overseeding. Season after season something called THATCH builds up just under the surface of your lawn. As this builds up it can choke the roots of your grass. By using core aeration you let oxygen reach your roots and help relive some pressure of that thatch.

Immediately after the core aeration you should over seed the area. This will not only speread seeds across the lawn but inside the aeration holes youve made. This way you will promote deep a deep and healthy root system for seasons to come.

This process should be done in both spring and fall and can be combines with a fertilizing treatment also.

Hope this has helped

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Create Escape Inc in Calgary
Date/Time2/20/2011 at 7:11:41 PM

Aeration and overseeding are a great way to give you a head start. Rember a healthy lawn is a weed free lawn. Look at the amount of water your lawn is recieving (too little or too much) The correct ballance will establish a healthy root system. Thatch is a common problem on old lawns. You can add a 1/2 Inch mix of 40%Sand / 60% loam to top dress the area. This will breack down the thatch and the sand will help your grass grow a deeper root system.

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Troy in Mississauga
Date/Time4/6/2011 at 3:09:29 PM

Thanks for the responses guys. One more question if you don't mind. What are your thoughts on a underground sprinkler system. Besides the obvious time saving benefits, do they help maintain a healthy lawn?

Again, thanks for your time on responding.

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Date/Time9/13/2012 at 9:56:25 AM

An underground lawn sprinkler system can save you a lot of effort dragging hoses around and remembering to water when the lawn needs it. A sprinkler system does it all automatically using only as much water as the lawn needs. It is a great investment in the value of your home as well as giving you more time to relax.

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