Know your soil
Since not all lawns are created equal, a soil test kit reveals what your grass needs to stay healthy. It tests levels of nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus, as well as pH level. It’s easy to use and the results come back in less than a week.
Turf Revolution Soil Test Kit, $25, Turf Revolution
Choose grass seed that’s low maintenance and drought tolerant. Eco-Lawn is a special blend of low-maintenance fescues that can be left unmowed for a graceful, free-flowing carpet effect. It’s suitable for all conditions, even deep shade. It’s highly drought tolerant and produces a vibrant green lawn.
Eco-Lawn Grass Seed, $35, Wildflower Farm
Choose a slow-release fertilizer with appropriate amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium to correct imbalances revealed by your soil test results. Apply a natural fertilizer that’s both kid- and pet-safe during your zone’s active growing season (usually during spring and fall).
Scotts EcoSense Natural Lawn Fertilizer, $20, Canadian Tire
Blades of glory
Set your mower blades to 7.5 centimetres high. Taller grass yields deeper, more drought-tolerant roots. Longer grass also shades out weeds and can prevent certain pests. Consider a fuel- and noise-efficient push or reel mower. Choosing smart lawn equipment helps reduce air pollution and keeps neighbours happy.
Fiskars Momentum Reel Mower, $260, Canadian Tire
Overwatering can cause disease—turf grass only needs 2.5 centimetres of water a week to stay healthy. Lawns that are watered deeply when needed grow deeper roots and are more tolerant of dry spells.