DIY Measures Homeowners Can Take to Resolve Many Common Lawn Problems
By the middle of April, any snow cover should be long gone from the lawns and gardens of Toronto and area properties, to be replaced by signs of spring growth. In fact, there is considerably more green being seen about these properties than the white-and-gray of winter that was still evident just a few weeks ago.
In response to this changing of the seasons, many homeowners have already begun, or will soon begin, their annual spring lawn care rituals, including such activities as:
- Thatching and raking
- Spreading soil/top dressing
- Adding grass seed and fertilizer
Some of these homeowners will undoubtedly have the good fortune of investing the time and effort to perform the above tasks then merely spend the rest of the outdoor seasons tending to routine lawn care chores such as mowing, watering, and fertilizing. For many others however, the return of spring will also signify the emergence of new or recurring problems with their lawn, issues that can in turn lead to frustrations with the appearance of the lawn and/or the inability to satisfactorily rectify these situations.
For those who may face one or more of the following lawn problems this spring/summer, here are some remedies that they may wish to pursue to improve the look and health of their property – and to help alleviate some or all of their frustrations:
- Crabgrass – apply corn gluten meal early spring then followed by a spring fertilizer
- Weed Infestation – apply a herbicide in spring and fall (each kills different weeds)
- Mushrooms – aerate and dethatch; eliminate any decaying matter (stumps, wood)
- Thin or Sparse Lawn – conduct a soil test to determine pH level, missing nutrients
- Bare Patches – rake out areas and sprinkle with seed; keep moist for several weeks
- Rust Spots – fertilize and keep well-watered; mow lawn often and remove clippings
- Lack of Sunlight – replace grass with ground cover, gravel path, or a perennial bed
- Eroding Slope – terrace slope with rocks, stone retaining walls or landscape timbers
All of these actions can certainly be performed by do-it-yourself homeowners who have the time and inclination to resolve their lawn care issues and re-establish the health and beauty of their property. However, in cases where any of these lawn problems become severe and/or persist for more than a year, the homeowners may want/need to call on the services of professional lawn care experts such as the team from Landcare.
The specialists from Landcare can quickly and accurately diagnose/determine the cause of the problem and recommend the appropriate or best course of action to treat/remedy the situation. They can also provide specialized treatments in circumstances that might require chemical or medicinal applications, including the corrective measures required in handling the presence of grubs in the soil, evident by the appearance of large patches of brown grass in late summer.
Lawn Care and Garden Maintenance Services from the Spring through the Fall
In addition to resolving stubborn lawn problems, Landcare offers lawn care and garden maintenance services from spring through fall for residential, commercial, industrial and multi-unit properties. These services can enhance and/or retain the health and beauty of the property while also protecting its lawns and gardens against the types of problems noted in the above discussion.
The skilled crews from Landcare can maintain virtually any landscaping aspect of these properties, including but not limited to:
- Flower Beds
- Soil Conditions
- Planter Boxes and Urns
- Rooftop Gardens/Green Roofs
- And more …
For more information on the range of lawn care and landscaping maintenance services provided by the specialists at Landcare, see our Maintenance page.
If you are frustrated by persistent lawn problems that are detracting from the health and curb appeal of your property, call the lawn care professionals from Landcare today at 416-410-0320 or contact us to book a no-obligation consultation and to discuss our full range of lawn care and garden maintenance services.