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5 Tips for Preparing Your Lawn for Spring

5 Tips for Preparing Your Lawn for Spring

Spring is one of the most important times to perform maintenance to your lawn. By following these 5 steps you can help prevent your beautiful lawn from being overtaken with weeds and any stress.

  1. Remove any debris that has accumulated. This is a perfect time to also rake up any matted areas of the lawn, which can harbor Snow Mold. Raking these areas and removing debris will encourage better air flow throughout the turf grass and prevent any disease and insect infestation. It will also allow new grass blades to grow without struggle.
  2. Applying a pre-emergent crabgrass control in early spring is very important. After this point the weed seeds will have begun to germinate and the pre-emergent will no longer be effective. An important thing to note is that crabgrass is very difficult to get rid of once it has germinated.
  3. Fertilizing after winter or early spring will jump start your lawn from being dormant. It provides a nutrient build up that will give it the strength to withstand the warmer summer months.
  4. Core aeration is good for your lawn. It allows water and air to reach the root zone faster. This results in new growth and increased root development. After winter it’s important to core aerate before the soil temperature increases because it voids an invitation to aggressive weeds.
  5. Winter can wreak havoc on lawns and come spring there may be some lawn damage by salt and snow plows. In early spring it can be a great time to re-seed any damaged turf areas. However, if you apply a pre-emergent weed control take precaution. The pre-emergent weed control is non-selective, so it will prevent seeds from germinating. It’s recommended to hold off crab grass control to the latest point possible. Then perform turf repairs as needed so the seeds have enough time to germinate.

If you’re looking for professional and experienced lawn care control, contact Weed-A-Way. Get your winter lawn maintenance taken care of, so you can enjoy a growing lush, green grass in the summer. Call 905-858-3100 for a free lawn evaluation and consultation.

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Winter Lawn Care Tips for a Better Spring

Winter Lawn Care Tips for a Better Spring

The winter is when you spend the least amount of time thinking of your lawn. Unless you live in an area that is relatively warm all year long, chances are you have put the lawn mower away and are ready for a few months of relaxation before you have to start the lawn maintenance routine again.

There are a few things you can do during even the harshest winter that can ensure a beautiful, lush yard once spring rolls around again.

Fertilizing in the Winter

Late fall or early winter are the best times to fertilize cool season grasses. Since the majority of the lawns in North America are made from these grasses, like Bermuda and bluegrass, it is a good bet your yard has a typical cool season blend.

Before the first freeze, give your lawn a thorough fertilizing to replace all of the nutrients that can be lost from the soil during the hot summer months. Once the weather turns cold, the fertilizer will remain in the soil and feed your lawn’s roots all winter long.

When spring comes your lawn will be full of healthy, lush, green grass that has been feeding on good fertilizer nutrients underneath the snow.

Keep it Clean

It is easy for items to be left on the lawn during the long, cold winter when no one goes outside very often. Stray logs, toys, and even lawn furniture can be accidentally overlooked before the first snow comes.

Make sure that you clear the lawn of all objects after you mow it for the last time of the year. Do an occasional sweep of the lawn every couple of weeks during the winter, as well.

If an object is left on the grass during cold weather and snowfall it can create large dead spots because of the weight of the object. In the spring the grass in that area will be stunted and thinner than the rest of the yard.

Prepare for the Winter

There really is not much lawn care that needs to be done during the cold months of winter. If you properly prepare the lawn during the fall, it will be fine until the warm days of spring arrive once more.

  • Make sure you aerate, fertilize, and mow the lawn before the first freeze of the season.
  • Rake away any dead leaves that may have fallen and collected on your yard to avoid wet spots that can become mossy or moldy.
  • Keep the lawn cleared of debris and avoid foot traffic in the yard while it is dormant.

If you want o ensure your lawn is prepared for the winter it’s best to contact the professionals. Weed-A-Way will ensure you have taken care of everything that needs to be done during the fall and winter, so can enjoy a nice cozy winter indoors with your family before growing season begins again in the spring.

 

Top 3 Things That Happen When You Don’t Close Your Pool

Top 3 Things That Happen When You Don’t Close Your Pool

Pool closing is arguably the most important thing you can do as a pool owner. Without it, your pool is susceptible to all sorts of dirt, debris, and damage which could cost you in the long run. Pool closing is a fairly straightforward process, and although it can be intimidating your first few times, it’s important to get it right to avoid any complications over the winter. If you’re new to pool closing, you might not be aware of what can happen when you don’t close your pool, so here’s what you need to watch out for:

  1. Your liner can rip, crack, or develop holes

Without a proper pool closing routine, your liner may become damaged. This can cause the foundation to erode over time, washing out the sand and soil that maintain the structure of the pool. The effects? Cracks, sinking or failure of the walls, and even shifting, wrinkling and bubbling of your liner.

  1. You risk damaging or destroying plumbing & equipment

If you plan to keep water running through all of the plumbing, instead of doing your yearly pool closing, you might be okay. However, if the power fails or if it gets too cold, the lines can freeze, causing them (and your pump/filter) to freeze and break.

  1. It gets dirty

If your pool closing procedures don’t include draining, cleaning, and covering your pool, you risk all sorts of buildup and debris over the winter. Cleaning all of the gunk out of your pool isn’t fun once spring rolls around.

If you need to close your pool for the winter, contact Total Pro Pools. The professional pool closing and cleaning professionals to ensure you won’t be stuck with a swimming pool you can’t use in the summer!

Three Uses For Bulk Road Salt

Three Uses For Bulk Road Salt

Harsh winter weather can lead to dangerous road conditions, an unavoidable part of our harsh Canadian winters. Winter road salt is the most popular and effective solution to icy or snowy roads, but it can be pricey and inconvenient to keep going back to the store every time you need a bag. Draglam salt is an Ontario deicing salt supplier serving Brampton, Toronto, Concord, Pickering, and more. Bulk winter road salt is convenient and affordable, so consider some of the many ways you could benefit from a bulk deicing salt supplier this winter.

Driveway and walkway safety

Deicing salt can be applied to driveways and walkways to quickly eliminate built up ice and snow. Your local deicing salt supplier most likely offers products that are made for home use to avoid stains or salt buildup.

Road salt and deicing

Salt and deicing compounds are essential for public safety on and off the roads. Whether your snowplow missed a spot on your road, or you just want to be extra cautious, a deicing salt supplier can provide you with the tools you need to survive the winter.

Preemptive damage control

The buildup of heavy snow and thick ice can cause damage to your driveway, walkway, steps, and other property. By obtaining bulk salt from Draglam Salt, you can cover vulnerable spaces to ensure they don’t get damaged throughout the long winter.

The Benefits of Buying Salt in Bulk

The Benefits of Buying Salt in Bulk

If you live in Canada, or any other similar climate, winter road salt is essential for your safety on and off the road. Winter road salt has been proven to provide traction by cutting through ice, in turn increasing overall driver and pedestrian safety. Whether it’s excess snow or slippery ice, winter weather can threaten your safety and ability as a driver on public roads. Road salt is an absolute essential, and in particularly bad winters the price can really add up.

If you usually buy road salt from a local hardware or garden store, you might not know how much you could save with bulk salt prices. If you plan on buying lots of salt over the course of the winter, consider the benefits to buying in bulk from your local supplier.

Convenience

Many salt suppliers can provide delivery and discounts when you purchase salt in bulk. Delivery can save you from making a risky trip to the hardware store during poor conditions, allowing you to safeguard your property from the threat of a winter storm. Ask your local supplier about their bulk salt prices.

Safety

Since you’ll likely be relying on road salt throughout the entire winter, having a stockpile of bulk salt on hand can provide safety and peace of mind. Plus, bulk salt prices are generally much more affordable than individual bags.

Price

Finally, buying salt in bulk can provide substantial savings in the long run. Bulk salt is currently at the low end of the spectrum, meaning you can save money on a winter essential that has a guaranteed application for months to come. Contact Draglam Salt, for your property and business salt deicing needs. Stay ahead of the snow this winter season with delivery you can count on!

Interlock Winter Care Tips

Interlock Winter Care Tips

Winters can be pretty harsh with extreme temperature fluctuations, massive snowfalls, and use of salts on the streets and driveways. Interlock driveways and walkways end up being much more reliable than asphalt in our Canadian winters.  Over time road salt can lead to corrosion, interlock discoloration or even break down some of the interlock material. However there are still a few things you can do prevent damage or degradation and keep it looking new. Here are the top winter care tips to keep your interlock well maintained:

Don’t use road salt

Use a branded ice melter product on the market. Look for ones that are specifically designed for concrete pavers and brick and one that is non-corrosive.

Clean your interlock

During the warmer months, and following a harsh winter, cleaning your interlock can be as easy as using your pressure washer to remove some of those winter stains and salt buildup.

Add sand to your base

Interlock is laid with a base layer and sand. Sand helps protect your interlock from cracking from impact or natural ground shift by cushioning it. After the the snow melts, some sand can be washed away. To help protect your brick or stone, buy a special type of sand and spread it over your interlock and sweep the sand and joint sand into the paver joints. This will ensure it’s longevity.

Repair brick pavers

Following the freeze/thaw cycle of winter, you can potentially have a couple of heaved or raised pavers in your walkway or driveway. Don’t fret. The interlocking brick pavers will reset after the winter frost is fully gone. Pavers that are raised or heaved will go down. The pavers that are down won’t likely come up though. Therefore, you will have some type of brick paver repair that needs to be addressed.

Keep your driveway and hardscaping looking its best wit interlock brick, which  can be used and installed in any climate. Snow can still be plowed or shoveled like asphalt or concrete driveways. Unlike common asphalt driveways, interlocking pavers will not crack due to winter work and activity. If you’re looking to upgrade your driveway contact Synergy Contracting for all your landscaping, driveway, and patio home needs!

Preventing Winter Lawn Damage

Preventing Winter Lawn Damage

During the winter your lawn and grass are dormant. Which means your grass is now easier to maintain because it doesn’t need to be mowed and most of your leaves are already mulched or removed. However, as your lawn is no longer growing its shoots, it’s also not repairing itself as actively. So, during the winter months take into consideration these top ways to protect your lawn so that it looks its best in the spring. Here are three good rules of thumb to protect your lawn during the winter:

Minimize Foot Traffic

Do not walk on your lawn when frost is present. Repetitive foot traffic can increase the compaction in your lawn, and increase the wear on your grass. Depending on the extent of the damage, it may take your lawn a few weeks to repair itself in the spring, or it may require core aeration and reseeding. It is especially important to stay off your lawn when the grass is frozen because foot traffic at this time can significantly damage the grass blade and even kill the plant altogether. In severe cases, footprints may linger in the grass and even turn brown.

Keep Salt Off Your Lawn

Use ice melt products containing calcium magnesium acetate (CMA) instead of salt or fertilizer. These products are much safer for your lawn and the environment. Road salt and ice melt can adjust the pH of your soil and result in damage or dead turf. Fertilizer should be avoided because the dormant turf will not absorb the fertilizer. The fertilizer will run-off leading to groundwater pollution. If you do use salt, thoroughly water the damaged areas two to three times in the spring to move the salt out of the soil.

Mark Your Driveway for Plowing

Before plowing mark the boundaries of your sidewalk and driveway with stakes. This will lessen the likelihood of accidentally plowing your lawn and landscaping. You can use small boundary and irrigation marking flags, or wooden stakes, as long as they will still be visible after the snow falls. These supplies are available at most hardware and home improvement stores. If you have sensitive plants near your driveway, you may want to place a barrier between them and the driveway to physically keep the salt from getting on the plants.

Want more information about preventing winter lawn damage? Want to improve your grass for the spring? Contact Weed-A-Way, the lawn care professionals that will ensure your lawn stays its greenest and healthiest all season long.