It may be easier than you think.

A bit more than throwing down a few seeds.

It sure isn’t my specialty, but I do try to keep mine looking green.

Here’s what the experts say –

1. Rake. If the lawn looks pretty good, all you have to do each spring is rake it firmly but gently, to perk up the green and get it growing again. You will ant to wait until the soil is fairly dry to do this, so you don’t compact it. Then, after you’ve mowed a couple of times, apply a basic eco friendly fertilizer. That’s it. Other than mowing and hand-weeding if you spot a dandelion or two, you’re done until fall.

2. Treat (or seed). When weeds are your problem, you may want to apply a pre-emergent herbicide in early spring—around the time the forsythia is blooming. This will control weeds like crabgrass. But you can’t apply this type of weed-control product and seed; the herbicide will kill the new grass. So pick your battles. You can always seed in the fall. For non-grassy weeds like dandelions, apply an herbicide designed to control broadleaf weeds.

3. Mow. Taller is usually healthier, so keep your mower blade at a height of between 2 1/2 and 3 inches. You only want to remove 1/3 of the lawn’s height each time you mow; that way it’s less shocking to the grass, and creates clippings that are small enough to decompose easily. Don’t bag or rake those clipping. Studies have shown that leaving grass clippings in place to degrade into the soil may allow you to cut your fertilizer use by as much as half.

Plus, it’s great exercise.

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Mark Fidgett
Vancouver Mortgage Broker