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Healthy Lawns

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Help us make Moncton a green, pesticide-free community.

 

In the quest for a perfect lawn, many people are buying pesticide products and applying too much, too often, without reading or understanding the instructions on the label. This is not only unhealthy for your lawn, it has a negative effect on the health of our citizens and on the health of our city.

The Healthy Lawns Moncton campaign encourages residents to reduce, and ideally eliminate, the use of non-essential pesticides on their lawns and garden.

By adopting simple lawn care practices you'll be one step closer to obtaining a green and healthy lawn, without using pesticides.

 

Lawn Watering Regulation

Visit our Water conservation section to find out more about the by-law residents must follow when watering lawns and gardens.

Seasonal lawn care tips:Healthy Lawns

 

Spring:

  • Avoid working on a wet lawn.
  • Spread lime on the lawn.
  • Sharpen the lawnmower blade each spring.
  • Raise the lawnmower blade to at least 7.5 cm (three inches).
  • Rake in the late spring to remove debris and brown patches.
  • Remove weeds by hand
  • Aerate the lawn.

Summer:

  • Deep infrequent watering promotes deep strong roots. Watering too often may cause disease by starving the soil of oxygen. Apply 2.5 cm (one inch) of water once a week, only if watering is needed, and restrict watering to two hours. View the City of Moncton’s lawn-watering bylaw.
  • Grass naturally protects itself from periods of drought by becoming dormant, and can survive several weeks in this state. It will simply regain its normal colour once the humid weather returns.
  • Some experts say lawns don’t need watering at all in our region. If you feel you must water your lawn, please water deeply and infrequently, and follow the recommendations provided in the Watering section.
  • During a dry spell, avoid fertilizing and mowing your lawn. If you must treat for chinch bugs, it’s best to do so between July 10 and 25.

Fall:

  • Aerate the lawn.
  • Overseed the lawn with a mix that is high in bluegrass and fescue grass seed. Apply 10 pounds per thousand square foot (4.5 kg per 92.9 sq-m) and spread as evenly as possible. Lightly rake the lawn to help the seeds settle down.
  • Top dressing: In early fall, top dress the lawn with a thin layer of compost or good garden soil, and add grass seed to take care of any thinned-out areas.
  • Fertilizing: Clippings left on the lawn are rich in nitrogen and provide easy and free fertilization. Fertilizing in early fall promotes vigorous lawn growth the next spring. Use the fallen autumn leaves as natural fertilizer for next year’s garden.
  • Keep compost pile moist, covered, and use a variety of organic materials.

*Note: If your lawn is chemically treated, you may need to phase out pesticides gradually. Consult a lawn care company or garden centre to find out how.

Pesticides: Hazardous Waste

Never dispose of used pesticides in your regular garbage, unless the containers are completely empty. Instead, ensure safe disposal of hazardous waste products by bringing them to one of the sites available during Household Hazardous Waste Days. All types of residential hazardous waste will be accepted at these sites (not just pesticide products).

Used pesticides or other hazardous waste products (residential waste only) can also be brought directly to the Westmorland-Albert Solid Waste Corporation on Berry Mills Road, free of charge, every Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call 506-877-1050.

 

Fore more information on the Healthy Lawns Campaign, please visit the New Brunswick Lung Association's website for general information on basic lawn maintenance with minimal inputs. You can also download their Health Lawn Care brochure by clicking on the following link: http://www.nb.lung.ca/pdf/Healthy Lawn.pdf.

 

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