Q: Why use organic fertilizer?
A: These types of fertilizers are produced from all natural ingredients creating nutrients that will be 100% safe for your lawn and garden. No harmful chemicals are utilized and the environment, water in the ground or the soil will not be contaminated in anyway.
Q: Crabgrass is taking over my lawn. What is the safest organic method of eliminating it without the use of harmful chemicals?
A: If organic fertilizer is done properly you will see a major difference in your lawn as it will go a long way in resisting the crabgrass. Be sure to water your lawn well, specifically in areas that are hot and compacted, alongside driveways and sidewalks; because those areas are crucial to your lawns health.
Q: When should I overseed or apply sod to my lawn?
A: Most would agree that the best time to overseed or apply sod would be during the spring or fall. Cool weather seems to be more agreeable. You want to keep the seeds moist so be sure to use organic compost with it. Additionally, don’t forget that it is imperative to water your new lawn for up to 4 weeks if you want it to be healthy. You want to water the lawn long enough to ensure the new seed and sod are kept moist.
Q: I love my annuals. How can I enhance these flowers this season?
A: The soil is everything. The most vital ingredients to happy and healthy flowers are consistent watering, good soil and plenty of nutrients. It is good to throw some organic compost in the mix of the soil and it is best to water these annuals first thing in the morning.
Q: Someone told me to do my watering in the evening. Are they right?
A: Fungus disease is often the result of night watering. The reason for this is because at night the foliage stays wet longer. Morning watering is much better.
Q: Is it best to do my shrub and tree planting in the spring?
A: Oaks and a few other trees that are fleshy rooted are better planted in the spring, but because most items like this are in containers or come balled and burlapped; they are able to be put in the ground all year long.
Q: For 7 years my new home lawn looked sensational. Now, not so much; why is that?
A: This time period is quite commonly referred to as the “honeymoon period” for your lawn. The first problem to arise is normally thatch. We recommend that you core aerate the lawn at least annually to maintain a great looking yard.
Q: I don’t know anything about mulch. Is it vital that I use it?
A: Mulch is traditionally comprised of organic bark, leaves and other common materials. Mulch is designed to help the soil retain water, stay at the right temperature and prevent weeds. In addition, the right mulch will enhance the curb appeal of your garden.
Q: Are there certain intervals that I should I amend my garden soil?
A: It is recommended that you do this annually. Manure or organic compost is a great option for this process. Do this and you will see the incredible difference it will make in your garden.
Q: My garden beds should be turned how often?
A: Every few weeks or at least once per month should be often enough to turn your garden bed soil. The spring and fall season is the best time to do this.
Q: When is the best time get water to my garden and lawn?
A: All lawns are different, but need to be watered at least by the week or even more often if your city allows it. The annuals you keep in pots need to be given water every day because if not they will dry up quickly. When your lawn is watered properly you will see less weeds and pests.
Q: Is there a variety of soil that can be used in my garden?
A: There really is a large variety of soils on the market today. You can find top soil, organic compost and triple mix to name several. These all will provide the nutrients your garden beds need and will not have the seed associated with cow manure. You should amend this soil annually.
Q: When should my annuals be planted?
A: Late April or the beginning of May is a good time to plant your annuals. You definitely want to do it following the last frost. Any earlier could be damaging to your plants.
Q: What is the best time to aerate my lawn?
A: Before your lawn begins to grow again is the premium time to aerate your lawn. All lawns are unique and the best time may differ from one to another. Many of the lawns in Toronto are cool weather grasses and should be aerated in the fall season. On the other hand warm grasses are better aerated in the spring. In either case it should be done at least once per year.
Q: What are the benefits of aeration?
A: If you want a healthy lawn aeration is the best way to go. This process combats excessive thatch and loosens up the soil in the lawn. This allows the oxygen to circulate through the roots. It all leads to healthier and better looking grass. The process also improves water and fertilizer irrigation and drainage. Aeration will keep your lawn from turning into a pond in the middle of the rainy season.
Q: Is it okay to overseed during lawn aeration?
A: After aeration it is perfectly okay to overseed. The lawn will get more oxygen and nutrients and be better prepared to grow healthy. In this case the lawn will need to be watered consistently once the overseed process has been completed. The condition of your lawn will determine if overseeding is necessary or if it could possibly wait for another year.