How To Properly Overseed Your Lawn

Kristian Zoppa Lawn Care

How To Properly Overseed Your Lawn

The spring weather brings April showers and May flowers, as well as work around the lawn and garden. Overseeding is a common technique used in Winnipeg to help grass that has thinned out over the winter and to prevent grass from thinning out in the future. BUT it is commonly performed wrong.

There are two main reasons to overseed your lawn in the spring:

1. Total Overhaul: Your lawn is patchy, brown, and thin and you would like to completely overhaul it into something lush and green.

2. Preventative Maintenance: Your lawn is in good shape and you would prefer to keep it that way. By overseeding in the spring you are strengthening your lawn and making it even more lush and less susceptible to weeds and disease.

The steps to overseeding are slightly different if you are going for a total overhaul or if you are just looking to strengthen your already healthy lawn.

An example of a patchy lawn that could benefit from a total overseeding overhaul.

Total Overhaul

If your lawn is patchy, brown, or thin/bare in spots it can definitely benefit from proper overseeding done in the spring. The steps for a total overseeding overhaul include:

1. Aeration: The lawn is aerated to ‘open up the pores’ of the lawn and allow the seed spots to settle and germinate.

2. Power Rake: The lawn is power raked to remove dead thatch and open up the grass, so the seed has somewhere to settle and germinate.

3. Hand Rake: The lawn is hand raked to remove thatch that is pulled up during power raking. This is done because mowing does not always pick up all of the dead grass and we want the seed to have as much opportunity to germinate as possible.

4. Mow: The lawn is mowed at 1.5″-2″ to allow the fresh seed more room to settle and less competition while germinating.

5. Top Dress: Top soil is spread out throughout the lawn and raked in evenly.

6. Seed and Fertilize: Seed is applied to the lawn as well as a slow release starter fertilizer to help the seed achieve optimal germination rates.

7. Rake and Roll: The lawn is hand raked one more time to mix the soil, seed, and fertilizer together and to make sure the seed is covered on all sides by soil. The lawn is then rolled lightly using a lawn roller that is only slightly full – this compresses the soil, removing air pockets, and ensures that the seed is in contact with soil.

8. Water: This is the most crucial step of the entire process because if avoided, your germination rate will severely suffer and all of the effort above will be done for nothing. The lawn must be watered lightly, twice a day for two-three days immediately following the overseeding process and then daily after that. Unlike watering an already established lawn, you only need to water enough to make sure the top one inch of lawn stays wet. It is best to continue watering daily until you have mowed the lawn at least twice. Do not mow the lawn until the fresh grass is three inches in length or more.

An example of a mostly-healthy lawn that could benefit from some preventative overseeding.

Preventative Maintenance

If your lawn is green and thick but has a few thin spots or just has a few brown spots, it can really benefit from preventative overseeding. The steps for a preventative overseeding include:

1. Hand Rake: The brown or thin spots are hand raked using a combination of a metal rake and a regular fan rake. All clippings that come up are bagged.

2. Mow: The lawn is mowed at 1.5″-2″ to allow the fresh seed more room to settle and less competition while germinating.

3. Top Dress: Top soil is spread throughout the affected areas and evenly raked in.

4. Seed and Fertilize: Seed and Fertilize: Seed is applied to the lawn as well as a slow release starter fertilizer to help the seed achieve optimal germination rates.

5. Rake and Roll: The lawn is hand raked one more time to mix the soil, seed, and fertilizer together and to make sure the seed is covered on all sides by soil. The lawn is then rolled lightly using a lawn roller that is only slightly full – this compresses the soil, removing air pockets, and ensures that the seed is in contact with soil.

6. Water: The watering process remains the same as shown above. Water lightly twice a day for three days and then once a day until you have mowed the lawn twice.

In conclusion, overseeding plays a large role in repairing and maintaining a healthy and lush lawn. If your lawn is in need of overseeding, we would be happy to offer you an estimate. Here at Cleanr Mow , we are offering 10% off either overseeding package when you book before May 31st, 2017! Call us today at (204) 960-0246 for a free estimate.

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Lawn Mowing in Winnipeg: Why You Should Choose Cleanr Mow

Kristian Zoppa Lawn Care

It seems like lawn care companies are a dime a dozen here in Winnipeg. Search for lawn mowing Winnipeg and you’ll have numerous options to choose from. But how do you decide? What sets one lawn care company apart from another?

In this brief post, we’ll go over a few reasons why you should choose Cleanr Mow to care for your lawn in 2017.

Reasonable Price

Every lawn business out there is always trying to bid the lowest price and give you a “great” estimate – but the lowest cost doesn’t always come with the highest quality. Sometimes, they don’t tell you about the extra fees for edging and trimming.

With Cleanr Mow, you’ll always pay a flat, low monthly fee based upon the size of your yard.

Lawn Mowing Packages

SMALL – $119 per Month

✓ 1,500-3,000 Sq. Ft.

✓ Grass Clippings Mulched

✓ Mow, Trim, Edge, Blow

 

MEDIUM (Most Common Size) – $139 per Month

✓ 3,001-4,000 Sq. Ft.

✓ Grass Clippings Mulched

✓ Mow, Trim, Edge, Blow

 

LARGE – $159+ per Month

✓ 4,001+ Sq. Ft.

✓ Grass Clippings Mulched

✓ Mow, Trim, Edge, Blow

 

Trustworthy

Remember, you’re hiring a crew of lawn care technicians that will be on your property, sometimes when you’re not home. You also want to know that your grass will be cut when they said it will be cut.

Great communication is what we consistently strive to be known for. We’ll communicate with you via your preferred method of contact to let you know when we’re coming to your home and when your bill is due.

Quality Work

This is the cornerstone of a great lawn mowing company. Whether we’re mowing your lawn, trimming, edging or power raking – you can count on precision and attention to detail in every corner of your yard.

Professional Appearance

We see it all too often. . . The lawn care guys show up in baggy jeans, sporting their favorite hockey team’s t-shirt. If they’re not taking their job seriously, I’d image they’re not caring too much about your lawn either.

The Cleanr Mow team will show up in uniform, ready to give you a lawn mowing experience and a yard worth talking about.

These are the main things you want to consider when hiring a lawn care company in Winnipeg. Do they show up on time? Is the price as quoted? Does the work match the cost? Do they look like pros? Use this criteria and you’ll have an easy time hiring the right one.

How Often Should I Aerate My Lawn?

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How Often Should I Aerate My Lawn?

Lawn aeration should be performed at a minimum of once every two years to maintain an average looking lawn. Annual aeration is the most common choice by homeowners, as aeration is not a very expensive service offered by most lawn care companies. If your lawn is heavily trafficked (lots of pets or children playing), aeration can provide even greater benefits if you have it done twice a year. The optimal time of the year to have aeration done is in the spring when the lawn is begining to transition from dormant to growing. In Winnipeg, this occurs near the end of April/begining of May. If you plan to have your lawn aerated twice a year, it is best to have it done early spring and then again in the fall. The best time in the fall in Winnipeg is late September/early October. Waiting too long in October can actually result in negative effects towards the lawn, so it is best to err on the side of caution and aim for late September.

Lawn aeration is the act of taking a special machine over your lawn that punches holes roughly 2-4” in length and an inch in diameter. As you push the aerator over the lawn, the tines rotate causing more holes to be created and this results in ‘plugs’ being pulled from the lawn. These plugs are comprised of a layer of soil and the top layer of thatch/grass that makes up your lawn. Leaving these plugs on your lawn and raking them in over the following two weeks can be extremely beneficial for your lawn. The actual act of lawn aeration allows the lawn to absorb more nutrients, water, and allows the lawn to breath. This act of de-compacting your lawn is especially necessary on lawns that are heavily trafficked.

For the 2017 lawn care season, Cleanr Mow will be offering $99 power rakes when you book before April 15th, up to 3,000 square feet of turf. For an additional $49, you can add aeration and have the healthiest lawn in the neighbourhood.

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