Have you ever seen my lawn in photo? It really is not big, not to say tiny. We live in downtown Montreal so the size of the lawn is at most 10 x 20 feet (3 x 6 meters). But this small square of greenery, it holds much! First of all because it reduces the heat in summer but especially because a garden without greenery, for me it is not a garden. So we struggle like beautiful devils every year to preserve our mini lawn because my two boys submit it to a very severe test. Last summer she was not very proud, all sparse and trampled. As part of my partnership with Scotts Canada this summer, I am pleased to test a new product called Lawn Response 9-1-1 (translation of my own vintage: “Help my grass!” “). Before applying it, I took the opportunity to ask a few questions to Scotts specialist Glenn Martin. Maybe his answers will help you too.
Question: Is it important to air the lawn every year? Which technique is recommended?
Answer: You should definitely aerate your lawn in the spring. Aeration helps the turf as it allows a more uniform flow of water (better irrigation) and allows the roots to develop more easily (depth and width). Manual ventilation is sufficient when the ground is not too large. As for the cores of land, ideally they should be left on the ground. You can undo them using a rake or the back of a shovel, but it is not necessary. They will eventually disintegrate on their own. Also, if your ground is too compact and you can not push the aerator into the ground, you can simply water the ground slightly before.
Q: What makes a fertilizer good?
A: I would say four things:
1- The quality of the ingredients
2- Specific proportions for specific uses:
- Spring / Summer (eg with the Scotts Turf Builder / Green Max )
- Starting grains or lawn (eg with the Scotts Scotts Turf Builder Starter )
- Foam control (eg with the Scotts Turf Builder with Moss Control)
- Fall (eg Scotts Turf Builder Winter Care )
3- These products have different ingredients and different proportions of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.
It is referred to as follows: Up, down, and all around!
- Nitrogen helps in photosynthesis which makes the turf greener and provided (top)
- Phosphorus allows the rapid and durable growth of the roots (below)
- Potassium supports the general development of the lawn (all around)
4- Scotts fertilizers contain a patented “all-in-one” particle that means every seed in contact with the soil has all the ingredients it needs. The lawn is fed uniformly and our fertilizers do not need watering once applied. They decompose because of microbes in the soil, not by dissolution in water. So the fertilizer will not burn the lawn. Our latest and best product is the Scotts Turf Builder Max . It contains iron, a nutrient that greenens the lawn quickly.
Q: What does the Lawn Response 9-1-1 have in particular?
A: Scotts spent a few years testing and developing this product. The proportions of the ingredients are optimized for the Canadian climate. In addition, Lawn Response 9-1-1 lets you combine multiple tasks into one, making it simple and effective. The whole thing is done in one application!
In the bag there is a 3 in 1 repair solution:
- An organic fertilizer with progressive release
- Amendments that improve soil structure and promote better use of water and nutrients
- High-performance grass seed helps the durability and thickness of the lawn and prevents weeds from proliferating
Q: When should I start?
A: Since there are grass seeds in the 9-1-1 Lawn Response, you should apply the product when temperatures are fairly constant between 15 ° C and 26 ° C. If you apply only a fertilizer, you can do it from the moment you can walk on the lawn without damaging it or leave visible traces. The fertilizer is not sensitive to temperature as are the seeds. For a successful application, mow the lawn to 5cm or less and pass a rake in order to remove the dead grass and make the soil a little more loose. The Scotts rotary push spreader is ideal for uniform application, especially if the ground is medium to large. For a small field, you can use the hand spreader on the fly .