341 Highway 47 Goodwood, Ontario Canada L0C 1A0




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Maintenance Tips

Core Aeration: The process of removing small plugs of thatch and soil from the lawn enhances the movement of oxygen, water and nutrients through the root zone, reduces soil compaction and promotes root growth.

Topdressing: Using organic matter (i.e. compost or topsoil) promotes microbial populations as well as improves soil structure.

Irrigation: Concentrated yet infrequent (3 times per week) for a total of 1 inch of water per week.

Mowing: Maintaining turf at a minimum 2 1/2 inches, removing only a third of the leaf blade each time (which simply means mowing high on a regular basis) is one of the most important factors in keeping your grass plants healthy.

De-Thatching and Slit-Seeding: A verti-cutting machine that slices through the soil preparing a void for seed to fall into while at the same time removing excess thatch. Weeds will grow where the grass isn't. It's vital that your turf stand is thick and not sparse so those unwanted weeds are crowded out and cannot penetrate.

We use two different methods of overseeding for home lawns:

The 1st method is called slit seeding. This is the least expensive yet a very effective way to propagate grass seed. A specialized piece of equipment is used to slice into the ground and distribute grass seeds. Breaking the soil open creates a void that the seed will be washed into following an initial thorough watering. A layer of thatch (dead grass) will remain on the lawn following the slit seeding procedure and does not need to be removed. It is a good source of nutrients for the turf and will decompose in approx. 2 weeks or after mowing a couple of times. If you decide to remove it, please do so after performing an initial thorough watering. We use this method to thicken an existing stand of turf.

The 2nd method is more comprehensive and therefore a more expensive procedure we refer to as dethatch - top-dress & overseeding. This involves dethatching and the removal of the dead thatch. Next, we overseed with the same slit seeding equipment previously mentioned. Then we apply a very light layer of a high-quality compost for top-dressing. Finally, we run a lawn roller over the area to compress the seed and enhance seed - soil contact.

We will advise you as to which method best suits your lawn's needs

  • The first step to establishing a new lawn is to prepare a good seed bed.
  • The use of a vegetation killer may be required to eradicate any existing vegetation (if not) cultivation equipment is used to grind up existing vegetation along with the surface soil.
  • Next, we must determine whether or not the existing soil is adequate to sustain the new grass plants or if soil amendments are required.
  • If required, soil amendments are added and cultivated into the existing seed bed.
  • A final grading process then takes place to prepare the area for seed.
  • Finally, specialized equipment is used to plant a certified grass seed mixture that has been recommended for your specific application.

Your Guarantee

Every effort will be made to ensure you get the best possible result from your seeding project. We use the best equipment and procedures available and we only use "Certified" grass seed. However, there are many other variables that will factor into the success of your grass seed germination. Weather, soil conditions and the availability of moisture are a few of the most important. No guarantee is offered for a specific rate of seed germination following a seeding operation and although not always the rule, it may be necessary to perform further treatments at additional costs to acquire optimum results.

Below are care instructions to follow after a seeding operation has been completed.

  • Initial water should be thorough (approx. 1-2 hours)
  • Continue watering twice daily (approx. 40-60 minutes per session) for one week, then every other day for an additional two weeks.
  • After the 3rd week you can resume a normal watering schedule (2 times per week (for a grand total of 1" of water per week)
  • Resume your normal mowing schedule after the newly seeded areas receive one or two heavy watering sessions.
  • Expect germination as follows (after the initial watering); Perennial rye - 7 to 10 days, Fescues and Kentucky Bluegrass - a minimum of 21 days.
  • Following germination expect the new grass plants to eventually fill in bare areas as they put out lateral shoot growth.
  • A fertilization program and proper mowing procedures, i.e. mowing (2.5"-3") high on a weekly basis will go a long way to thicken your newly seeded lawn.
Leuschner's Lawn Care