Spring is one of the most important times to perform maintenance to your lawn. We all enjoy a beautiful lawn which can be achieved inspite of the drought and heat our summers offer. Although we don’t know what 2017 will bring, spring is the perfect time to prepare our lawns for the season ahead.

Remove any debris that has accumulated over the winter months. Rake up any matted areas of the lawn. Raking these areas and removing debris will encourage better air flow throughout the turf grass and prevent any disease and insect infestation. It will also allow new grass blades to grow without struggle.

Fertilizing your lawn in the spring jump starts it from its winter slumber. It provides a nutrient build-up that will give it the strength to withstand heat stress and drought through the summer months. Winter can wreak some havoc on our lawns with damage caused by salt and snow plows. Spring can be a great time to re-seed any damaged turf areas.

Jeff Ronhaar from Jeff’s Lawn Care Inc., Binbrook will provide more tips for growing and maintaining a healthy lawn on April 20, 7-9pm, at the Dunnville Horticultural Society (DHS) Program Night. Jeff will share ideas on: Watering: should I? How much? How often? Mowing: How often? What length? Fertilizer: organic vs. granular? When? What kinds? Spring lawn preparation: should I thatch? Pests and Diseases to watch for and how to treat? Everyone is welcome to this free event at the Optimist Club Hall, 101 Main St., Dunnville.

Since 1994, Jeff’s Lawn Care Inc. has been a premier Landscape Contractor in Haldimand County providing landscape design, installations, maintenance and lawn care to a loyal customer base. They have won 32 industry awards to date and enjoy their community involvement.

If you haven’t already, be sure to mark your calendars for April 29, Centennial Park and Fountain Restoration Kick-off, 11am-1pm. Community partners (Dunnville Christian School, Haldimand County), Dunnville Silo Ltd., Muddy’s creator Mike Walker, DHS Board of Directors and others will be available to talk about the restoration (11am-1pm). Check out our website at: www.dunnvillehortandgardenclub.org

For more information, call Debbie Thomas, DHS/Garden Club President (905) 774-3064 or Deb Zynomirski, VP (416) 556-9337.

-submitted by Sandi Marr, Secretary DHS

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