Owen Reeves' step-by-step guide to getting a lush, green lawn

While we're all self-isolating at home, many of us are focusing our attention on making our home as comfortable and enjoyable as possible, and that includes our outdoor space. This could range from powerwashing our decks and steps, painting any areas that have become faded or a little worn, and certainly making our lawn and garden look better than ever so we can really enjoy getting outside safely.

It's a great time to start pruning your evergreens and shrubs, and do an overall outdoor cleanup. It's also the perfect time to put in a little work to get the lawn of your dreams. If the grass has always been greener on your neighbour's side of the fence, now is your chance to get a head start on that lush lawn you've always wanted. We asked gardening expert Owen Reeves to give us his fool proof guide to getting the best lawn on the block, and his most important tip is to start with the best grass seed possible. PRO-MIX Ultimate All Condition Grass Seed germinates at just four degrees celcius, which means it's perfect for our chilly Canadian springs, and will have your lawn ready for your family picnic as soon as the temperature rises!

Here's everything you need to get growing:

Start with a simple spring clean

The first thing you need to do is clear out any leaves or debris left behind from the winter. Using any standard rake, clean out everything but the exisiting grass as best you can. This will allow for a better base for your seeds to germinate.

Add top notch top soil

Now you need to give your grass seeds a soft place to land to help them set up some roots, so to speak. Simply shake some fresh PRO-MIX Organic Lawn Soil all over your lawn. Aim for a fresh layer of soil approximately 1/4 inch think, but if you have bare patches you can add a little extra. Using the back of a rake, grade and spread the soil across your entire lawn into an even layer.

Seed and seed again

Now you're ready for your grass seed! Using your spreader on the correct setting, lay PRO-MIX Ultimate All Condition Grass Seed in an up and down, and then back and forth direction to ensure no spots are missed. Once this is complete, add extra seeds by hand around the edges of any sidewalks or walkways as they tend to be the areas that have a harder time to get growing. Once again, use the back of your rake to settle the seeds into your lawn. This will help them grow, but also make it harder to birds and squirrels to eat them before they begin to germinate. 

Fertilize for better results

While this step isn't crucal, it definitely doesn't hurt. It gives your exisiting grass the boost they need to look their best after a long winter, and who wouldn't want that? Using your spreader on the appropriate setting indicated on the bag, lay a thin layer of PRO-MIX Heal & Feed Lawn Fertilizer to help your existing grass grow as bright and fresh as the new seeds that will take hold. Walk your spreader up and down across your entire lawn, and then switch directions by going back and forth across your lawn to ensure you don't miss a spot. 

Water and wait (but not too long!)

Rain water is generally the best option to get grass seed to germinate, so if the forecast is on your side just sit back and watch your grass grow. If not, give your lawn a quick spray with your hose to get things going. The goal is to keep your lawn fairly moist, but usually your typical Canadian spring weather will do most of the work for you. Your seeds will begin to germinate within about a week, and you'll start to see significant growth within a month!