Mastering Lawn Care: Your Comprehensive Guide to Year-Round Lawn Maintenance


Any homeowner takes pride in a lush and vibrant lawn, but achieving and maintaining such a lawn requires dedication and know-how in year-round lawn maintenance. From rejuvenating spring growth to preparing for winter dormancy, each season brings unique challenges and opportunities to guarantee your lawn remains healthy and beautiful. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore essential lawn maintenance tips tailored to each season, emphasizing the importance of year-round lawn maintenance to keep your lawn in top condition.

Spring Lawn Care: Renewal and Growth

As the warmth of spring arrives, it’s time to kickstart your lawn’s growth and renewal.

  • Rise and Shine: Begin by clearing debris and assessing any winter damage, such as thatch or bare spots. Raking or dethatching can help remove dead grass and promote air circulation.
  • Feed and Nourish: Apply a balanced fertilizer to provide essential nutrients for abundant spring growth. Consider overseeding to fill in sparse areas and introduce new grass varieties for improved resilience.
  • Weed Control: Apply pre-emergent herbicides early in the season to stay ahead of weeds. Hand-pull any emerging weeds to prevent them from establishing and competing with your grass for nutrients and water.
  • Mowing Tips: Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting and mow frequently to encourage healthy growth and discourage weed development. To avoid stressing the grass, only remove up to one-third of the grass blade length at a time.

Summer Lawn Care: Beat the Heat

Summer months bring their own set of challenges as temperatures rise and rainfall may decrease.

  • Hydration Matters: Water deeply and infrequently to promote deep root growth. Water early in the morning to minimize evaporation and fungal growth. Aim to provide your lawn with about 1 to 1.5 inches of water per week, which also includes rainfall.
  • Pest and Disease Management: Look for indications of pests and diseases, such as brown patches or chewed leaves. Treat as necessary and ensure proper airflow by pruning overhanging branches and thinning dense foliage.
  • Mowing Practices: Continue mowing high to shade the soil and promote moisture retention. Avoid mowing during the heat of the day to prevent stress on the grass. Keep mower blades sharp to make clean cuts and minimize damage to grass blades.
  • Shade Management: Trim back overhanging branches to allow more sunlight to reach shaded areas of the lawn. Consider alternative landscaping options for areas with persistent shade, such as ground covers or shade-tolerant grass varieties.

Fall Lawn Care: Prep for Winter

As temperatures cool, it’s time to prepare your lawn for the dormant winter months.

  • Leaf Management: Regularly remove fallen leaves from the lawn to prevent suffocation and disease. Consider mulching leaves with a mower to provide natural nutrients for the soil.
  • Final Fertilization: Apply a slow-release fertilizer to provide essential nutrients for winter resilience and early spring growth. Opt for a fertilizer containing increased potassium levels to fortify grassroots and enhance cold resistance.
  • Aeration and Overseeding: Aerating the soil helps alleviate compaction and allows nutrients and water to penetrate deep into the root zone. Overseed thin or bare areas to promote a thick, healthy lawn that can better compete with weeds.
  • Disease Prevention: Keep the lawn free of debris and ensure adequate airflow to prevent fungal diseases. Rake up thatch and aerate to improve drainage and lower moisture levels, which can contribute to fungal growth.

Winter Lawn Care: Lay the Groundwork for Spring

As the lawn enters dormancy, there are still steps you can take to have a successful spring revival.

  • Snow and Ice Management: Clear snow promptly to prevent compaction and suffocation of the grass. Avoid using salt-based deicers, which can harm grass and soil. Instead, use sand, kitty litter, or environmentally-friendly ice melt products.
  • Equipment Maintenance: Clean and properly store lawn equipment to prevent rust and damage during winter. Sharpen mower blades and perform any necessary repairs to ensure they’re ready for use in the spring.
  • Planning and Prep: Use the winter downtime to plan for spring lawn care tasks, such as soil testing and renovation projects. Consider any changes or improvements you’d like to make to your lawn, such as adding landscape features or adjusting irrigation systems.
  • Soil Testing: Take advantage of the quieter winter months to conduct a soil test. Use the results to adjust your fertilization and pH management plan for the upcoming growing season. Amend the soil as needed to correct imbalances and optimize nutrient availability for healthy grass growth.

Ensure Your Lawn is in Top Condition

Maintaining a healthy lawn throughout various times of the year requires diligence and attention to detail, but the results are well worth the effort. By following these seasonal, year-round lawn maintenance tips, you can ensure your lawn remains lush, vibrant, and resilient despite the changing weather conditions.

Remember, a well-maintained lawn not only enhances the look of your property but also provides a welcoming space to relax and enjoy throughout the year. Get set to take care of your lawn throughout the year by rolling up your sleeves, gathering your tools, and preparing to give it the care it deserves!

Lavington Turf Farms proudly serves a wide range of areas, including Vernon, Coldstream, Lumby, Salmon Arm, Sorrento, Revelstoke, Kamloops, Kelowna, Penticton, the Kootenays, and Caribou, extending all the way to the USA border. With our expertise and commitment to quality, we can assist you in achieving your landscaping goals and guide you through year-round lawn maintenance, ensuring a vibrant and healthy lawn for years to come. 

Handling Weeds and Maintaining Your Lawn


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Don’t let pesky weeds ruin the beauty of your yard. Since many weeds grow low and can go unnoticed by mowers, it’s important to know how to effectively manage them. In this blog, we will explore common weeds that appear with turf, methods to prevent and remove them, and tips for maintaining a weed-free yard. If you are looking to spruce up your yard’s landscaping, we’ve got you covered with all the tips and tricks to maintain a healthy, green, and weed-free lawn.

One of the first steps in effective weed management is being able to identify the culprits. Here are three common weeds that often make an unwelcome appearance in  turf:

1. Dandelions: Dandelions are recognizable by their bright yellow flowers and fluffy seed heads. They spread quickly and can take over large areas of your lawn if left unchecked.

2. Clover: Clover is characterized by its three-leaf clusters and is often found in patches within the turf. While some homeowners may appreciate its appearance, others consider it a weed that needs to be controlled.

3. Crabgrass: Crabgrass is an annual weed that thrives in thin or bare spots on the lawn. It has wide, flat blades and can quickly overrun the surrounding turf if not dealt with promptly.

To create a weed-resistant environment, it is essential to implement preventive measures:

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•Do not over-fertilize: While giving your grass a nutrient boost is important, going overboard with fertilization can actually encourage weed growth. Follow recommended guidelines for your local area and consider the specific needs of your grass type and the local conditions.

•Avoid over-watering: Too much water not only weakens your grass but also creates the perfect breeding ground for weeds. Water deeply but less frequently to promote deep root growth in your grass and deny those pesky weeds the moisture they crave.

When those weeds do manage to pop up, it’s time to take action! Here are some effective methods to bid them farewell:

1. Hand pulling: For smaller infestations, grab those gloves and start pulling weeds by hand. Make sure you get the entire root system out to prevent regrowth.

2. Herbicides: Selective herbicides come to the rescue when you need to target specific weeds while leaving your turf unharmed. Just be sure to follow the instructions carefully, and if you’re unsure, don’t hesitate to consult a professional for herbicide selection and application.

3. Natural remedies: If you prefer a more eco-friendly approach, you can try using vinegar or boiling water to zap those weeds. Keep in mind that these natural alternatives may not be as effective on larger or perennial weeds, but they work well for spot treatments.

4. Using weed-pulling tools: Streamline the process of weed removal with convenient tools that make the task a breeze. The weed puller/grabber is a handy tool equipped with jaws designed to firmly grip the weed at its base. With a simple squeeze and pull, you can effortlessly extract the weed without breaking a sweat. Another useful tool is the weed popper, featuring a leverage system that provides the necessary force to pop out weeds, roots, and all. This ensures a clean removal, preventing regrowth and leaving your garden looking neat and tidy.

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Conquer Your Weeds

You’ve conquered the weeds, but how do you keep them at bay? Firstly, regular mowing is crucial; keeping your grass at the recommended height for your turf type helps shade out weed seeds and prevent them from germinating. Secondly, proper fertilization is important. Ensure your lawn receives the necessary nutrients while avoiding fertilizers that may promote weed growth. Lastly, maintain a consistent watering schedule. Providing adequate moisture to your lawn while avoiding excessive watering helps keep weeds at bay.
By staying proactive with lawn maintenance, you can prevent weed growth and enjoy vibrant, weed-free turf. Whether you are like us and own an Okanagan sod farm, or are focused on yard maintenance and want your lawn to look top-notch, the practices outlined in this guide will help you effectively manage and eliminate those pesky weeds. So go ahead, show off your beautiful, healthy, and weed-free lawn all year round! Contact us directly by phone at (1-250-549-2967)  with any questions about our turf and your lawn care needs or fill out our contact form on our website. You can learn more about us here too.

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Let’s Fix Your Lawn Problems


Have you looked at your lawn recently and thought, what is going on out there? There can be various lawn problems preventing it from looking its best. With some maintenance and a detailed eye, you can keep these problems from getting worse. 

Grass Isn’t Always Greener

Are you getting some grass envy looking over your neighbour’s fence? Ask yourself why your grass is dying in patches or turning brown? Here are a few of the common lawn problems.

Brown spots – can be caused by a fungus, grubs, dog urine burns or heavy foot traffic.
Spongy lawn – can sometimes happen due to excess buildup of old and dead grass material.
Browning – grass turns brown when roots can no longer grab hold of nutrients or water from the soil.
Weed or moss growth – this happens in areas of too much shade and poorly drained soils.

Grass lifting – watch for grubs and water puddles that could lead to root damage.

What Can Cause Unhealthy Grass?

Now that you notice something is wrong with your lawn, what caused it in the first place. Getting more knowledgeable about these issues will help you put together an action plan faster. 

  • Soil structure is lacking
  • Improper lawn care (mowing, raking, etc.)
  • Didn’t fertilize
  • Water retention
  • Grass dormancy
  • Diseases or pests

How To Fix These Problems

Thankfully, many of these lawn problems can be quick to identify and simple to remedy with some of these tips. Take care of your lawn the best you can and identify problems before they get out of hand.

  • Fertilize
  • Re-sod
  • Fix soil structure to allow for proper drainage
  • Test the pH, nitrogen level and microbial level of the soil

We Are The Solution To Your Lawn Problems

A healthy, lush lawn is one of those essential elements tying everything together in your yard. Besides just a lovely backdrop it adds comfort and it is also where kids play – adults too – so let’s keep it green! We are Okanagan’s best producer of quality sod for residential, golf and sports field applications. From our central location to Coldstream and Vernon, we can ship fresh sod, fertilizer and turf grass anywhere in BC’s Okanagan and Interior quickly and efficiently. Consider installing turf from Lavington Turf Farms and call us today for your quote.

Farm Fertilizer For Your Spring Projects


Get The Farm Advantage This Spring

Spring maintenance projects are here and being prepared is key to making sure that you have the nicest yard on your street. A crucial ingredient is your fertilizer, replenishing the nutrients in the soil ensures the healthiest plants and grass possible. Fertilizer can be found commonly at big box stores and garden centers, these fertilizers are general and can be okay for most situations. But these stores are not always capable of providing the right product and information for your needs. That’s where we come in! Purchasing fertilizer directly from our farm provides you with the right information and product for your needs with the added benefits of Lavington Turf Farms well-renowned customer service. Let us tell you all the reasons you should be getting your fertilizer farm fresh this spring.

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Products You Can Rely On 

We know you love your grass, your plants, and those amazing blooming spring flowers and we have dedicated ourselves to having the best product for all of our customers’ needs. Our extensive years of experience has taught us which are the best fertilizers for every occasion that provide the best and most consistent results. We are prepared to answer any questions you may have on which fertilizer is best for you and your projects this spring. 

A Price You Will Love

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Your lawn deserves the best but that does not mean it has to break the bank. We provide the fertilizers you need at competitive prices you will love. You also can save with our expert advice, ensuring you get the best fertilizer for your needs the first time around and save your lawn from any potential problems in the future.

Top-Notch Customer Service

We have been providing our customers with the best turf and sod for decades and we have taken this experience and improved year over year to ensure that we give the best customer service possible. We make sure that we provide the latest information in lawn care and what the best techniques and products are for your lawn. We take pride in knowing what is best for your lawn so you don’t have too.

Our Fertilizers Got What Plants Crave

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Generic fertilizers are not the best or most effective solution for your lawn, this spring switch to our fertilizers and we won’t just tell you the difference our fertilizer makes, we will show you the difference it makes. We guarantee that all our fertilizers provide a consistent and predictable source of nutrients for your plants and lawn that promote health and growth that lasts.

Local Farmers Providing The Best For You

We at Lavington Turf Farms have our roots in the Okanagan and have been providing services and products with our customers in mind. We tailor all of our products for the unique and beautiful climate we live in to make sure that your lawn is unparalleled in quality and beauty. Supporting local means farms like ours can continue to provide the best products and services to the community we love.

Get Your Fertilizer Today!

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Come on down to Lavington Turf Farms and talk with our team about the best fertilizer options for you. We provide availability for pick up or delivery that services Okanagan (including Vernon, Kelowna, Penticton, Osoyoos, Sorrento, Salmon Arm), Thompson Okanagan (Kamloops) BC Interior, and All the way to the US border. You can contact us directly with any questions or quotes about our fertilizers and any other lawn care needs over the phone at (1-250-549-2967) or you can fill out our contact form on our website here.

Do not forget to stay up to date on our latest lawn care blogs, found on our website here.

Fall Lawn Care Tips


It’s easy to understand that people put more love into their lawns during spring and summer. During fall however, it’s just as important to care for your lawn and put in some well timed care for the growing season. If you are eager to have your lawn green, and healthy for spring then it’s important to keep up with lawn care during fall. An easy mistake from homeowners is to do the same fall lawn care as usual, but not see excellent growth/results come spring. Lawn maintenance is key for the fall season! 

In this blog, we are going to outline some essential fall lawn care tips that can have your grass looking fresh and full come spring. 

Keep Your Lawn Clean & Tidy

Be sure to clear your lawn of any childrens toys, garden tools, and tree leaves that more often than not, appear on a lawn throughout the year. A common misconception is that tree leaves protect your lawn from the impending snow. This is not true. Tree leaves actually have a negative impact, and rob your sod of the much needed fall sunshine.

These leaves will block sunlight and trap moisture, and become a soggy mess when the snow melts. Take time this fall and rake away those leaves to protect your lawn. 

Continue Cutting

Don’t put away your mower quite yet. It’s important to keep cutting your lawn until grass stops growing. Grass continues to grow up to the first hard frost. That’s why you will need to give your lawn regular cuts to keep it at an ideal 2½- to 3-inch height. Letting turf grow too long will leave it vulnerable to fungi like snow mold. It’s also just as important to not cut it too short.

Cutting your lawn too short impedes the lawn’s ability to withstand winter cold and dryness, and also curtails the root system. 

Feed Your Lawn

Fall is an excellent season to give your lawn much needed nutrients to keep it strong during the winter season. With the change in cooler temperatures, your lawn’s top growth will slow, but the roots will continue to grow. While the plants are still absorbing nutrients it’s the perfect time to apply fertilizer.

Your sod has up until winter, when the ground is frozen, to accept fertilizer. Within the Okanagan, you can expect frozen ground come the end of October to early November. It’s important to act soon, as giving your lawn the proper nutrients before the long winter means a healthy lawn come spring. 

Loosen The Soil And Let It Breathe

It’s important to determine if your lawn requires aeration. Typically your lawn will require aeration every couple of years. This prevents soil from becoming compacted and covered with thatch, a thick layer of roots, stems, and debris that blocks water, oxygen, and nutrients from reaching the soil.

Even more ideal, aeration can be easily done with fertilizing – creating those holes in the turf will allow fertilizer to reach the roots quickly. 

Conclusion

Don’t let the chill in the air fool you – lawn maintenance this time of year is still important. After all, sod needs to be cared for and nurtured up until the ground freezes. 

At Lavington Turf Farms, we understand the importance of preparing your lawn for the winter season. Our team of experts will tell you how to look after your grass so you don’t have to waste valuable water resources. Pair our services with our drought tolerant turf and sod, and get a healthy and green lawn each spring and summer. 

Service Area

We proudly serve the following areas: Vernon, Coldstream, Lumby, Salmon Arm, Sorrento, Revelstoke, Kamloops, Kelowna, Penticton, Kootenays, and Caribou, all the way to the USA Border.

For more information or a free quote for your project, please visit this page on our website.

How to Fix Dead Patches in Your Lawn


Introduction

Nothing brings down the look of a beautiful lawn quite like dead patches of grass. Even with the best tended lawn, you might still have dead patches of grass appear from time to time. That being said, the reason for them might not always be obvious. The most common reasons for dead grass patches are: Pets, weeds, high foot traffic areas, drought stress, soil concerns, fungal diseases, fertilizer burn and improper watering. 

Got some pesky dead spots you would love to restore? In this blog we walk you through our top tips on how to repair those pesky patches, and how best to treat your lawn to achieve that beautiful lush, green lawn once more. 

Let’s get started!

Prepare the Soil

The dead spots in your lawn will require reseeding to produce new growth. However, before immediately dropping seeds within a dead spot, first you will want to remove the dead grass. 

Using a garden rake or hand rake, scrape the dead grass zone and remove the first layer of thatch. That’s the base layer above the soil. With the first layer removed, it’s also ideal to pull any invasive weeds, and rake the soil below to loosen it for reseeding. With that all ready, you have prepared your spot for new growth!

Reseeding your Lawn

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and spread new seeds over the new area. It’s important to not overseed during this step. 

Seeds will also germinate best in morning and evening temperatures, so avoid reseeding in the middle of the day during summer time. Finally, gently water your spot! And we do really mean gently, as the seeds need the best possible start to grow effectively. Give it a generous amount of water, and continue to do so until germination occurs. This is typically after two weeks of watering. 

Encouraging Growth

Now that you have your seedlings planted, it’s important to encourage growth and make sure your grass grows effectively. Mow your lawn only when the germinated lawn is at least 3 inches tall. 

Keep up with consistent watering, and your lawn will grow in and back to normal in no time. It’s also important to monitor the location regularly, to ensure there are no fungal growth issues, improper watering spots or issues due to lack of fertilizer. To find more information on how to improve your lawn’s overall health, and keep it healthy throughout the summer, check out our previous blog here

Conclusion

At Lavington Turf Farms, we understand the difficulty of maintaining a perfect lawn. We professionally install turf for your projects – contact us today if you need a quote for your project.

We are committed to helping our customers and are always here if you have questions. Our drought tolerant sod is of high quality to help ensure a healthy lawn all year round! 

Service Area

We proudly serve the following areas: Vernon, Coldstream, Lumby, Salmon Arm, Sorrento, Revelstoke, Kamloops, Kelowna, Penticton, Kootenays, and Caribou, all the way to the USA Border.
For more information or a free quote for your project, please visit this page on our website.

Top Tips to Keep your Grass Green & Healthy This Summer


Introduction

There is nothing quite like lush green grass, and thanks to spring, it’s easy to achieve this. However, when spring transitions into summer, the weather conditions can be an absolute nightmare for your lawn. The good news is, you don’t have to slave over your lawn to keep it healthy. In fact, to a great extent, it’s not the amount of work you put into your lawn — it’s when and how you do it. 

There are some fundamentals that are key in retaining the life in your grass. As well, keep it fresh and lush all season long. In this blog, you will find our top tips for keeping your beautiful grass green and healthy, and how caring for your grass can give you some great results!

Know When To Water

If you live within the Okanagan, then you understand summer heat. And as much as your lawn requires sunshine to thrive, too much of it can dry out your lawn and cause any water to evaporate. A good rule of thumb is to water your lawn in the early morning or late evening. Your lawn will enjoy the break of sunlight. During this time your lawn has a chance to take in as much water as possible and absorb enough to stay hydrated throughout the day.

Mow Appropriately 

You might not have ever considered raising the height of your lawnmower, but believe it or not, it greatly helps your lawn during the summer months. Trimming and keeping the grass longer will help shield the roots from the damages of the sun. This in turn, prevents your roots from drying out. That being said, it’s ideal to mow your lawn every 2-3 weeks to keep it within its best conditions. 

Test Your Soil

Running a soil test will let you know if you are missing any specific nutrients, and whether those nutrients are running low or high. Knowing your lawn’s current health means it’s easy to find a fertilizer with a nutrient ratio that fits your needs. Fall is an excellent time to fertilize your lawn with a slow-releasing fertilizer, as it is soaking up as much nutrients as possible to store for the winter months – resulting in fresh green grass for spring!

Regular Lawn Care

Keep an eye out – or take the time every week to do a walk through your backyard. If your lawn is filled with feet everyday, it doesn’t hurt to check in and see the damage from time to time. As quick as your lawn get’s green, it’s also quick to sprout weeds and develop dead spots. We always recommend getting to those weeds as early as possible. Whether that includes manually pulling them, or using a weeder. Dead spots are an indication of regrowth needed. Which means, reseeding appropriately. Dead spots included, it’s better to address lawn imperfections sooner rather than later when it becomes an even bigger problem.

Aerate Your Lawn

Your lawn needs oxygen just as much as it needs water. The process allows for air, nutrients, and water to penetrate deeper into the soil and gain quicker access to the roots. Aerating your lawn also allows for better water absorption which prevents runoff. The easiest method to aerate your lawn would include the use of a garden fork, or hiring a machine in larger areas. 

Conclusion

Whatever your goals are for this summer – rest assured knowing that the work you put into your lawn will provide lush, green grass as a result. Most importantly, as we mentioned earlier, it’s not always about the work you put in, it’s about when you do it. 

At Lavington Turf Farms, we are committed to helping our customers and are always here if you have questions. We also offer drought tolerant sod of high quality to help ensure a healthy lawn all year round. 

Service Area

We proudly serve the following areas: Vernon, Coldstream, Lumby, Salmon Arm, Sorrento, Revelstoke, Kamloops, Kelowna, Penticton, Kootenays, and Caribou, all the way to the USA Border.

For more information or a free quote for your project, please visit this page on our website.


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