Turf Care

TURF & LAWN CARE FOR WHISTLER LANDSCAPING

Have you ever wondered about the tricks of the Whistler landscaping turf grass trade ? Find out all essential information below:

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THE BASICS

• Top-dress and over-seed your lawn, every spring or fall.
• Aerate & Thatch
• Fertilize, Fertilize, Fertilize
• Irrigation
• Mowing (bag or no bag)
• Soil testing
• Lime, Calcium & PH correction

 

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GRASSES

Types of cool season turf grasses for Whistler landscaping–and which one is best for you:

Kentucky Bluegrass –

Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis) is the king of the turf grasses in the north. It does not tolerate shade very well, so it cannot hide from the summer sun the way tall fescue does. It is a rhizomaceous and stoloniferous grass that forms a dense sod.

It is fine-leaved and dark green and forms an excellent quality turf. The aggressive root system makes it the most drought-tolerant of the cool-season grasses. It is more shade-tolerant than bermuda grass. It tends to go dormant in the summer but recovers when temperatures fall. It requires more maintenance than the fescues, but it gives an attractive turf that can be mowed at 2 inches in the cool season.

Kentucky bluegrass requires a soil that is well drained and slightly acid. It does not thrive in alkaline soils. It depends on correct management, especially in the summer months. Proper fertilizing, watering, and mowing are necessary to have the dormant turf survive and look good through the summer heat.

Perennial Ryegrass –

Rye grasses are adapted into Whistler landscaping mainly for their fast growing ability as a cool season grass and is sometimes referred to as winter rye grass. Perennial ryegrass is a permanent lawn choice in cooler climate areas.Perennial Ryegrass lawns are one of the best lower maintenance lawns of the cool season grasses. This is one of the toughest and most traffic tolerant turf covers that can be grown. Ryegrass is noted for quick germination, shiny green colour, fine texture (newer turf type varieties) and dense forming sod. High disease and insect resistance helps to make perennial ryegrass one of the leading choices for lawn and athletic covers in the cooler regions of North America.

Fine Fescues 

Bentgrass

OVERSEEDING

The elements, children, and pets can be tough on lawns. In addition to wear and tear, lack of water, too much heat—other Whistler landscaping problems can make it look worn and thin. But there is hope. You can help reinvigorate your lawn with overseeding.

In the north, the spring and fall seasons give you the ideal conditions for cool-season grass seed: cooler temperatures and more moisture. In the south, late-spring through mid-summer provide ideal conditions for warm-season grass seed.

 

Overseeding Steps:

#1 Choose the Best Seed for Your Area

Choose a highest-quality grass seed that works for your location. If you live in the north, a cool-season grass mix, like Scotts® Turf Builder® Sun & Shade Mix® is a versatile mix. There are also cool season mixes available for shade, high traffic, and sunny areas. Scotts® Turf Builder® Heat-Tolerant Blue® Mix is great if you live in the northern transition zone. It’s a blend of tall fescue and Scotts® patented Thermal Blue® Kentucky bluegrass that has been bred to withstand heat and drought. or

 

#2 Prepare the Area

Before overseeding your lawn, you should mow your lawn short and bag the clippings. This will allow the seed to come into contact with the soil when you spread it.

 

#3 Seeding

Use a Scotts® spreader to distribute the seed. Be sure to set your spreader to the setting listed on the bag of grass seed. After seeding, apply Scotts® Turf Builder® Starter® Food for New Grass to help your seedlings grow thicker and quicker. When you’re done, it’s essential to give the seeds a thorough soaking to get them growing.

 

#4 Water

When you’re done spreading the seed, it’s essential to water your lawn regularly to get your seeds growing. Mist your lawn frequently, once or twice per day, until the new seedlings have reached the height of your existing lawn.

 

#5 Mowing

You can continue to mow your lawn as needed, but try to limit the activity on your lawn until your new seedlings have reached an ideal mowing height.