6 Ways to Battle Dandelions

Six Ways to Battle Dandelions Whether you love them or hate them, dandelions are a common presence in the summer lawn. For homeowners looking to achieve a lush green lawn this summer, dandelions can be a source of endless frustration. Especially for homeowners who are determined to be environmentally conscious. The good news? There’s more […]

June 21st, 2016|Blog, Grass Turf Residential, Home Lawn Care|

Preventing Chafer Beetles with Tall Fescue

Preventing Chafer Beetles with Tall Fescue Struggling with Chafer Beetle damage (or trying to avoid it)? Good news! There’s a solution: Tall Fescue. Chafer beetles are undoubtedly the bane of Vancouver Lawns. With raccoons and other animals tearing up turf to root out the high protein larvae that have spent weeks or even months eating […]

Why every New Lawn Installation needs Soil Preparation

Looking to install a new sod lawn? You’ve come to the right place! Unlike seeding, sodding allows homeowners to achieve beautiful established lawns quickly, at any time during the growing season – as long as the ground isn’t frozen or covered with snow! But before you lay your first roll of day fresh sod, it’s […]

Keeping Your Lawn Healthy – In spite of Drought & Watering Bans

Water Conservation has become much more than an Environmentalist fad. With increasing population density in urban areas and weather extremes from progressive climate change, water conservation is here to stay! Although Western Canada and the interior regions typically enjoy regular (or even heavy) rainfall, many municipalities lack the ability to capture and store adequate quantities […]

December 12th, 2015|Blog, Grass Turf Residential, Home Lawn Care|

Watering Your Lawn in a Drought Isn’t All Bad. A Look at the Science

Watering lawns in a drought - bc turf farms Photo Credit: Phil Roeder

Watering Your Lawn in a Drought Isn’t All Bad

There’s a drought in British Columbia and you’ve no doubt heard about the municipal regulations banning watering your lawn. ‘Water shaming’ is now a thing, with neighbours informing on each other for putting out the sprinkler for a few minutes to try to salvage their grass. That’s just common sense, right? No rain means we’ve got to save all the water we can for higher priorities. Except, in this case, common sense isn’t right – and the science around grass lawns points to a more balanced approach to watering.

In a CBC interview this week, Alan White of the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association points out that giving your lawn just an inch of water a week is enough for it to survive through a dry time like this. Indeed, a well-maintained lawn can go up to 21 days without watering. At a time of drought, it’s certainly not necessary to maintain a lush green lawn that could double for a golf course – but letting it die off can actually make our dry, hot conditions even worse. […]