Calgary Healthy Lawn Tips
At Canada Yard Pro we use (LHM) or Limited Herbicide Management to provide you with a green weed free lawn. It is our goal to educate the consumer on how to get the best results in weed management with using limited or no use of herbicides. A healthy lawn is the best way to discourage the infestation of broad leaf weeds. The 1, 2, 3 of a healthy lawn is Water, Cut and Fertilize. Follow this and you will achieve the desired results you are looking for.
Rule 1: Water infrequently – - Let the grass begin to wilt before watering a simple test is to walk over your lawn if you can see foot prints it is time to water.
Rule 2: Water deeply – grass should have a root base of 6 to 8 inches in depth if you water your grass deep this will stimulate the roots to grow the same making your lawn less prone to drought. Avoid runoff; water running down the street does nothing for your lawn. Properly placed sprinklers will prevent this from happening, if you notice water pooling or running off the top of the soil it is time to consider having your lawn aerated.
Either over cutting or under cutting is one of the biggest mistakes people make when it comes to taking care of their lawn. Over cutting or cutting a lawn too short does not leave enough leaf to keep the lawn healthy during dry or hot times of the year. Under cutting or not cutting the lawn when required, will stunt the growth or even allow the grass to die. Remember; cutting stimulates growth.
Why should you fertilize your lawn? The answer is quite simple. Cutting and watering help contribute to the health of your lawn, but only fertilizer will provide your lawn with the nutrients that it needs to grow, plus many of the organic fertilizers on the market today have a product in them called Corn Gluten, that acts like a weed blocker. Every lawn requires at least one application per year but if you want a super healthy lawn that is resilient to weeds and diseases, we recommend you follow our annual program.
So, back to weeds; we know that the best way to control weeds is to have a healthy lawn that prevents weeds from establishing in it, in the first place. But, what do you do if you do get weeds? You have one of two choices. You can hand pull the weeds or spot spray with an herbicide. Low Dosage spot spaying has little or no environmental impact when applied by a professional adhering to environmental and safety precautions. Canada Yard Pro uses a Product called PAR III in regions that allow limited herbicide use. PAR III is the same product that is used in parks and golf courses across North America.
PAR III Facts
PAR III in the plant
Once PAR III is thoroughly dried on the plant it is virtually impossible to rub off. In weeds PAR III is degraded as the weed dies. The Microbes in the soil continue the process as the weeds are converted to organic matter. Grass plants break the product down into natural non-toxic materials. Cuttings from treated grass can be composted.
PAR III in the soil
Most of the spray applied lands on the weeds, grass and thatch. The very small amount of PAR III that lands on the soil is degraded biologically. It is degraded to water carbon dioxide and humus. The process generally takes less than 30 days at normal temperatures. PAR III does not leach into the subsoil.
PAR III in the water
To allow the best absorption by the plant, it is not recommended to water the lawn a day before or after the spraying is done. After that, only minute amounts will be washed off by rain or watering.
PAR III and pets
It is important to keep pets out of the area while spraying and until the product has dried.