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The District of Invermere has been a pesticide-free community since May 1st, 2009. Here are some reminders and tips for creating and maintaining a healthy yard.
Eight Steps for a Healthy Lawn:
- Healthy lawns Need Healthy Soil
Add natural organic matter like compost on a regular basis to condition and enrich your soil. Healthy lawns are more resistant to disease, weeds and drought damage.
- Choose the Right Grass
Spread drought-tolerant grass seed liberally over your lawn in the spring and fall. Use a grass seed mixture rather than one variety. A thick lawn will crowd out weeds
- Keep Your Mower Blade High
To discourage weeds, keep your lawnmower blade at a height of 7 cm (3 inches)
- Recycle Your Grass
Leave your grass clippings on the lawn to return nutrients to the soil. This can supply up to 30% of the fertilizer needs of your lawn. It also helps to retain moisture and relieves the task of raking.
- Accept Some Weeds
Some weeds are good for your lawn or garden. Allow clover in your lawn for its nitrogen-fixing magic.
- Let Your Lawn Breathe
Once a year, aerate your lawn by removing small plugs of earth to allow air and water to get to the roots. A pesticide-free lawn will encourage earthworms, nature’s aerators.
- Water to the Roots
To promote deep root growth, let your lawn soak up 1 inch of water once a week, early in the morning.
- Fertilize with Organic Fertilizer
Once a year, in the spring or fall, use an organic fertilizer