Chris' Corner: Spring is here!!! Does your lawn need some help?

Spring is here!!! Does your lawn need some help?


If you are planning on sodding or re-seeding or re-sodding your lawn, why not consider a environmentally friendly solution that just might end up saving you time and money while helping to Save Our Planet?  Once entrenched, these fine leaved, deep rooted grasses do not need watering, grow slower (thus requiring from 1/3 to 1/4 the mowing of regular grasses and can be left without mowing all year), and because of their deeper and thicker root base, naturally fend off weeds.

  Conventional Grass seed and sod is a mixture of Kentucky Blue grasses and other grasses that are not native to our environment.  They feature a broad leaf and very short root structure that is very prone to drought damage.

Environmentally friendly alternatives to conventional grass are:
1) Various companies sell mixtures of rye grasses and fescues that are indigenous to our region and climate. The main differences are that the individual blades of grass are thinner and that their root structure is much deeper. 
  I have seeded the lawns of two homes with this grass and find that the grass is much softer to walk on.  The seed costs more than "regular" grass seed, but once the roots are entrenched this grass becomes much more cost effective, much less time consuming to maintain, and much better for the environment.
  Two companies selling such a product in Canada are:
      Green Earth  and Wildflower Farm

2) Consider Clover or a clover/grass mix.  Clover grows in our climate without any additional assistance, is hardy, is good for local fauna (bees and other insects) and is environmentally friendly.  Clover can also aid in the natural (non-pesticide) control of chinch bugs.

More information on these grasses and clover can be found at:  alternative grasses and clover, fescues

Not ready to make the switch yet?

There are still things you can do to help save resources and the environment...
Caring for your lawn, How to care for your lawn

By the way,  Considering planting trees?

Plant Deciduous trees to the South and the West of your home.  The Shade from the leaves will help keep your home cooler in summer and when the leaves fall, the sun passing through can help warm your home in the winter =)

Chris Smith CSSBB
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Comment balloon 6 commentsChris Smith • April 09 2010 03:18PM


We will have to check these out Chris, we did not get the job done last year so it needs more attention this year!! Thanks for reminder!

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 10 years ago

Great advice on lawn care and maintenance that is environmentally sound Chris. Thank you for that!

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Red Rock Real Estate) over 10 years ago

You are both very welcome, Al&Peggy and Wanda.

A little research before we start, and a well thought out plan can save us both $$$ and time, and end up Saving Our Planet alse =)

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 10 years ago


These are good alternatives to the regular options. However, all the old options are still available in Quebec.


Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) over 10 years ago

Now if they would only find a non pesticide solution for grubs.  Ever since the ban my lawn has become infested!!!

Posted by Jason Dykstra (As Built Services) over 10 years ago

Very good post and information for the yard man or women of the home.  Some of the above listed do good in our area in winter but when summer get hear they do not do well.

Posted by Don Eichler (Eichler Properties) over 10 years ago