The snow is gone and it’s time to prime the ground for new growth with a spring clean up package! We have four such packages to meet your lawn care needs:
Power-rake • Trim
Power-rake • Fertilize • Trim • Mow
Power-rake • Aerate
Trim • Mow
Power-rake • Aerate • Fertilize • Trim • Mow
Add-ons For Spring Clean Ups
Over-seeding: thicken your turf to help prevent weeds.
Blow out hedges.
Blow out garden beds.
Good to Know about Spring Clean Ups:
What is Power-raking?
Power-raking is the most essential part of a spring clean up. The purpose behind power-raking is to dethatch the lawn. Over the winter the weight of the snow causes the grass to become matted down. This layer of thatch is the layer of decomposed, organic material including roots, grass, and leaves that lie between the top of the soil and the bottom of the grass blade.
Benefits of Dethatching:
Promotes a healthy lawn by positively affecting:
Since a build-up of thatch strangles new root growth. Dethatching helps circulate air down into roots, bringing essential carbon dioxide (CO2). This encourages the growth of existing roots and also helps stimulate new root growth.
By removing the thatch layer it will allow the fertilizer to mix properly with the underlying soil; thus, making it more effective.
The initial removal of thatch build-up will increase the ability of water to drain naturally into the soil, helping to stimulate growth at the root. In Calgary, June tends to be a very wet month, so by removing the excess thatch in April or May it allows the excess water to saturate the soil properly. By July, the rain slows, and August becomes hot and dry. In these later months it is wise to mulch because mulching helps to increase the ability for water to be trapped under the surface. This mulch builds up a necessary thatch layer.
Dethatching your lawn is a good way to protect again future lawn problems, such as disease and insect infestations.
What is Aeration?
Aeration is completed either in the spring or the fall, but is usually done as part of a spring clean up. It is completed by using an aerator, which is a heavy machine designed to make “plugs” in the ground. After aerating these little plugs made up of thatch and soil will remain on your lawn for a week or two before it breaks down and disappears into the ground, helping to replenish the soil. Aeration is arguably the best thing you can do for your lawn. It is recommended to aerate once a year. Aeration works most effectively on soft soil. To maximize on aeration in soft soil it is best to aerate right after the snow melts when the ground is still wet, but not soaking. If the ground is too wet it will cause more damage than good. If the ground is too dry the aerator will not be able to penetrate as deep into the ground. For more information, check out this LINK!
Benefits of aeration include:
Improved soil water uptake
Enhanced fertilizer uptake
Creates an ideal bed for over-seeding
Reduced water runoff
Improved air exchange between the soil and atmosphere
Reduced soil compaction
Increased drought tolerance
Enhanced thatch breakdown