We all love a great-looking yard, don’t we? While we offer a range of services across HRM to help keep your land well-maintained, we would like to share a few tips that could help. If you like what you read or have any questions that we could answer for you, contact Kynock Resources Limited today.
How to Grow and Maintain the Best Lawn!
A well-kept lawn is not just for the rich and famous. Even an ordinary homeowner can make his or her lawn look wonderful. There are times when you will want to start from scratch, but preparing a new lawn is not as simple as it seems.
First, you have to plan. Aside from choosing the type of lawn you want, you need to think about whether you will plant a new lawn from seed or sod. You also have to determine if you have the proper kind and quantity of soil available. Most new construction sites have minimal native soil available and will need to purchase lawn soil to begin your lawn. At Kynock’s, we manufacture a proper spec’d lawn soil to take all the worries away.
Planting from seed simply means spreading grass seeds on prepared soil, either by hand or using a seed spreader. Using sod means using carpet-like sheets of grown grass like you would lay carpet tiles.
Planting a new lawn using sods is certainly easier. For one thing, you are not limited by the time of year, and you can even undertake this project in summer as long as you have a steady supply of water. The results are immediate, because even if it takes a couple of weeks for the transplanted sod to grow into your lawn, it looks complete from the very beginning. Sods allow use of the area within 4 to 6 weeks of application.
The primary downside to planting using sod is the cost. Sods are more costly, after all, someone went through the trouble of planting and raising the grass for you.
Planting from seeds is much less costly, but the challenge level is higher. You will be required to choose the right seeds for your lawn, and that also affects what times of the year you can begin these projects. However, this level of control over seeds also means that you can make customized mixes of seeds, which is particularly important for lawns meant to address soil conditions.
The most obvious downside to planting a new lawn from seeds is that it will take quite a while before it is ready to be used. Usually a complete growing season is necessary. Add to that the fact that some real care is needed for the new lawn to grow properly, and you can have a major project on your hands. However, planting a lawn from seed is more gratifying than using sod.
Either way, the first thing to do when physically preparing your lawn is to remove all the old grass. Not just the leaves, but the roots as well, and that means churning up the topsoil of your current lawn. It is easier to do this by cutting patches of soil held together by the grassroots, quite similar to cutting up a carpet. After clearing you may need to grade the soil, especially if there are unwanted inclines and bumps.
Once the project area has been cleared, you will need to till or scarify the existing soil to a depth of about 6 inches or add new soil to this depth. This is meant to loosen up the soil to provide better aeration and drainage, which both seeds and sod require. At Kynock Resources, we provide a manufactured lawn soil that will meet the requirements for a healthy lawn.
After tilling the soil, a lawn roller is used to smooth the work surface. If sod is used, then it is laid out and cut as necessary, then a heavier roller is used to work out air pockets.
If seed is used, they are spread then worked into the soil using a rake. After your seed or sod is applied, it is very important to water your grass daily until roots are established. Whether you decide to sod or seed it is very important to properly maintain your lawn with liming annually, fertilizing periodically, aeration and proper mowing techniques throughout the season. This will provide you with many years of beautiful lawn, in return for your efforts.
For most homeowners, landscaping mulch is use to beautify their yard, but it does a lot more. Here a few benefits that come from proper mulch application:
It helps maintain the moisture in the root zone by reducing evaporation. This would result in healthier plant/trees and lower water bills.
Helps control the weeds, creating a beautiful yard with a lot less effort.
Mulching can also improve soil fertility and soil structure over time and can act as an insulator, keeping the soil warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
Mulching can also help increase efficiency in mowing / maintenance by creating better flow around trees and flowers gardens instead of around corners. It can also be used to make beautiful transition between a grassed area and the forest.
Ensure that drainage around area to be mulched is proper and that you will not create a drainage issue once the mulch is in place.
For flower gardens, apply mulch in a 2-4 inch layer to create a nice uniform blanket over the bed in order to maximize the benefit of the mulch.
For trees, it is preferable to mulch area as wide as the tree drip. Place mulch in a 2-4 inch layer and keep away from the tree trunk or stems so the trunk is fully exposed.
For borders (no plants or trees) you can use filter fabric under the mulch or place a thicker layer (6inches) of mulch. This would reduce the maintenance and would keep your yard beautiful for a longer period of type.
The Benefits of Raised Bed Gardening
Reduce Back Strain: Raised-bed gardening can reduce back strain because you won’t have to bend over as far to reach the plants. With easier access and less pain potential, you're better able to enjoy the labour involved in planting, tending, and harvesting vegetables. Build your raised beds so they're at least 12 inches tall. If the walls are slightly below waist level, you can sit on edges to work the soil and harvest your bounty without having to bend over at all.
Grow Longer: The soil in raised beds typically warms earlier in spring than the surrounding earth. It also tends to dry faster, so you can get cool-season crops planted sooner, extending the growing season and your vegetable crop choices.
Keep Clean: Spread mulch or pea gravel over the paths between your raised beds and your feet will stay clean, no matter how wet the weather. Because you won't walk on the beds, you'll be able to work in your garden without worrying about compacting the soil.
Overcome Bad Soil: Raised-bed gardening is the answer if you have sandy or clay soil. Instead of struggling with poor topsoil, all you need to do is fill your raised beds with high-quality garden soil and start gardening. Nutrient-rich soil means fewer struggles for plants and less frustration for the gardener. To keep the soil healthy, continue to top up your garden with compost or garden soil.
Reduce Weeds: Once your beds are filled with rich soil, cover the surface with and inch or two inches of mulch. This reduces weed competition and preserves soil moisture.
Stop Grass from Invading: Lawn grasses, which have spreading root systems, often infiltrate a standard garden and become a serious weed. But when you practice raised-bed gardening, nearby grasses won't be able to grow into your vegetable crop.
Stop Pests: Raised garden beds will put a stop to pesty critters such as moles and rabbits.
Never Till Again: Raised beds provide a healthier environment for beneficial microorganisms and earthworms because there's no foot traffic to compact the soil.