5 DIY tips for a happy healthy lawn

If the grass is greener on the other side – as in your neighbour’s yard – it’s likely because it’s getting tons of tender lovin’ care.

You too can have a lush lawn that’s as luxurious and manicured as a golf course. Fresh green grass greatly enhances the look of your home for personal enjoyment along with curb-side appeal. Spring and summer picnics or BBQs in the backyard might become a weekend ritual since eating and relaxing outside in the fresh air is so much more fun – especially when it’s on or surrounding a thick, lush layer grass.

However, creating and maintaining a lovely lawn takes a lot more time and work than you might imagine – like weekly mowing and monthly special treatments. From raking and aerating, fertilizing and cutting, a beautiful lawn requires regular care, otherwise sneaky weeds and insects can take over, run rampant, and require costly repairs.

Here are a few DIY lawn maintenance tips you might find useful.

How to purge pests and weeds

Weeds need to be pulled to stop further germination, but if they get out of control a herbicide may be necessary. Be sure to wear protective gear such as gloves and goggles and read instructions carefully. Apply during the right time of day and weather according to the instructions since some may have no effect if it rains within 24 hours. If you have pets or children, choose products specific to these family considerations.

Regarding the most common pests, Grubs like short grass and chinch bugs like dry lawns with lots of thatch. To get rid of them you’ll need a pesticide since they can ruin a lawn quickly. Be sure you know what pest you’re dealing with to buy the right product. Follow the instructions carefully since these products are powerful.

How to aerate your lawn

Your lawn gets compacted over time and so aerating it by creating small holes allows water, nutrients and air access and promote strong root growth. Aerating your lawn is easy:

  • Water thoroughly one to two days prior to aerating.
  • Run the aerator in a pattern that covers the area only once (note – you can rent core aerators from most garden centres for $30 to $50 for a few hours).
  • Rake the soil cores and compost.
  • Sprinkle sand or peat moss over the lawn to fill the holes.

After aeration, it’s an ideal time to overseed and fertilize your lawn.

How to overseed your lawn

What is overseeding? Simply put, it’s seeding over an area of your lawn that is dying or poorly performing (lawn in brown, patchy or thin). Here’s how to do it:

  • Before overseeding, cut your grass at the lowest setting, give it a good raking, and remove the dead grass.
  • Add a thin layer of enriched soil settle and protect the seed.
  • Add the seed, feed, water, and your done.

How to fertilize your lawn

Plan for about five applications of fertilizer to feed your lawn throughout the season from April to October. Think about it in terms of holiday feasts: Easter, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day and Thanksgiving. Fertilizer’s nitrogen makes grass green. Phosphorus promotes root growth. Potassium builds strength. The product will label the percentage of each amount so you can choose based on your needs. Be sure to use a spreader so it’s dispersed evenly and avoids patchy burns. Here’s how to properly fertilize your lawn:

  • Follow the directions on the bag carefully and never apply more than the label instructs (even distribution is key).
  • Fill the spreader on your sidewalk so you can easily clean up spills.
  • Apply and spread evenly by walking at a steady pace.
  • Walk in a straight line and let the spreader’s tracks guide you.
  • Water and you done.

Watering best practices

Generally, water your lawn for one hour a week to a depth of about one inch. This amount should help water penetrate to the roots. To judge water amount, put an empty can or bowl on your lawn that shows how much is being filled. Avoid watering during the day when it’s hot and be mindful of your city’s watering schedule.

HeyBryan lawn maintenance

Not looking to do any of this yourself? Book a skilled, vetted HeyBryan lawn maintenance expert to do the work for you. On HeyBryan, due to COVID-19, the Lawn Maintenance category has been deemed non-contact which means you don’t have to physically come in contact with expert if you don’t want to. And, payments happen in-app so no cash changes hands at you home. The result? A safer all-around experience.

Other options

Here are some lawn maintenance services options to consider, and also enjoy some of the clever company names many have created. For some strange reason there’s a healthy sense of humour in the lawn care industry in both Canada and the U.S. – go figure!

Names like Fairy Yardmother, Yard Dogs, Lawn Enforcement, Lawn Sharks, Kiss My Grass, Lawn Rangers and No Mow Worries are amusing (although none are currently approved by, or work in conjunction with HeyBryan – we just like names!).

Let your budget drive your lawn maintenance services requirements, and if you are shopping around, make sure to double check the company’s credentials, experience, referrals and rates, and ask who will actually be doing the work. Then start your comparison shopping. Remember, all HeyBryan lawn maintenance Experts have already been vetted, background checked, and come with ratings and reviews so you can feel comfortable with your choice.

Just mowing

If you just want someone to mow your lawn on a regular basis to cross that cumbersome chore off your To Do list, then pretty much ANY lawn maintenance service can easily do this. Search for lawn cutting only services.

Full lawn maintenance services

Fully-fledged lawn maintenance companies offer a green gamut of services and will have a menu for you to choose from such as:

  • Mowing
  • Dethatching
  • Aerating
  • Seeding
  • Sodding
  • Edging/trimming
  • Fertilizing
  • Weed control
  • Insect control
  • Irrigation

Your property will be quoted based on the product types and services required, as well as your lawn’s size, difficulty, access, configuration, obstacles, fences and current health.

Lawns are a natural outdoor carpeting to admire and enjoy, and when one homeowner grows a  beautiful lawn, the inspiration can spread quickly making the whole neighbourhood proud.

Subscribe Now

FastTask Approved advice & inspiration direct to your email.