Burnt Lawns, How and When to Repair

If your lawn is burnt like mine is, late summer or early fall is the best time to repair it.  MARK CULLEN, a Canadian garden expert, has the following advice on the best way to make those repairs:

  • Spread Mark’s Choice Lawn Soil (found at Home Hardware stores) over the area you wish to re-seed, 2 cm. thick
  • Rake smooth
  • Broadcast Golfgreen lawn seed [Canadian for our lawns: 0% weed seeds] by hand
  • Rake smooth to incorporate into the soil.
  • Step on it or roll it with a roller 1/3 full of water. 
  • Water it every day that you do not receive any rain until established.
  •  Do NOT let the seedlings dry out!
  •  It is best to water first thing in the morning or in the evening.

I am willing to give his advice a try since my lawn looks terrible in its burnt condition.  I have tried overseeding (adding soil and seed to an existing lawn) before, but always end up with more weeds (left picture) than grass (right picture).

 I am not sure whether the weed seeds are in the soil or grass seed I choose, but I know they are in the MULCH  I have used recently.  Hopefully, I will be more impressed with Mark’s choice of products.

New garden toys from Home Hardware

During a downpour of rain recently I stopped at Home Hardware and bought a few gardening toys…

The first one is called a Hopper Topper, an insert that fits inside a lawn bag to keep it from folding or tipping over when you add yard waste to it.  It looks like a great invention; I hope it works!   I needed a new set of pruners or secateurs and can always use more gloves.

Although I didn’t purchase one, I also saw some cool winter shrub protectors that I will recommend to my clients…

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Any newly planted shrubs or those pushing the limit of your hardiness zone in your garden will benefit from protection for the winter. They protect the shrubs from cold winter winds and prevent snow from damaging young, fragile stems.   It is best to wait until the ground freezes before covering your shrubs with these protectors.  Be sure to remove them fairly early in the spring to prevent the shrubs from rotting.

I dread the coming winter, but it is best to be prepared.  The shrubs in your garden will thank you for it in the spring with a magnificent performance.