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G rass Cycling. Save time and money by leaving your dry, short, nitrogen-rich grass clippings on your lawn. This will reduce your need for fertilizers by over 30 per cent. Grass mulch encourages your lawn to grow deeper roots and the soil to retain more moisture therefore allowing your lawn to become more resistant to drought, infestation and disease. Make sure to grass-cycle when your lawn is dry.

A erate . Aerating your lawn relieves soil compaction and provides a more efficient means for water, air and vital nutrients to reach plant roots. Aerating can be done during the spring or fall, depending on your soil conditions. You can purchase special shoes equipped with spikes that are sufficient for aerating small lawns. Or get together with your neighbours and rent an aerator. Worms and birds pecking at your soil will aerate a healthy lawn for free!

N utrients. By spreading compost or triple mix topsoil on your lawn (also known as topdressing), you introduce much-needed nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium) and organic material to the existing soil. Topdressing is simple: with a rake spread a thin layer of compost over your entire lawn.

I rrigate. Water two centimetres once a week early in the morning to promote deep root growth. Too much water will dilute your soil of oxygen and nutrients and too little water will encourage shallow root growth. Shallow roots equals drought and various pest problems. Watering during the afternoon leads to evaporation. Watering in the evening will leave your lawn wet for a longer period of time, increasing its risk of fungal diseases.

C ut High . Cut your grass to a height of 5-6 centimetres. This provides shade, will lead to moister soil, deep and extensive root systems, and prevents weed seeds from germinating. Avoid stressing your grass by using only a sharp blade and never cut more than a third off at one time, making sure to cut your lawn when it's dry.

Consider planting trees, perennials, ground covers, wild native flowers, or even add stones in areas where grass simply won't grow. And trust that most insects are not harmful and are even crucial to the ecology of your soil. So if a dandelion or another type of pest pops up don't reach for the pesticide applicator. Try different means to remove it, and if all else fails develop a tolerance for it. Find a balance between what you want and what you need. A healthy pesticide-free lawn, full of life, is an ideal place to relax. So enjoy it and invite others to the same.

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