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Keep Your Lawn Healthy Using Good Maintenance Practices

By: Ministry of the Environment

Posted on: May 02, 08

Mow high to promote vigorous growth, prevent weeds and discourage insect pests. Cut grass at a height of 6 to 8 cm (2.5 to 3 inches).
• Water deeply and infrequently to promote deep roots. Too much water starves the soil of oxygen and invites disease. Give 2.5 cm (1 inch) of water to your lawn weekly. Put a container on your lawn to measure how much you have watered.
• Feed your lawn with compost and leave grass clippings where they fall for nutrient recycling.
• Aerate compacted soil in the fall. This helps oxygen, water and nutrients reach the roots.
• Over seed thinned areas or choose alternative ground covers in difficult spots.
• Replace grass with paving stones or mulch in heavy traffic areas.
• Discover that healthy lawns are less susceptible to pest problems.
• Enjoy! A healthy lawn is an ideal place to relax.

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