Municipal grass cutting

Suburbs

As our city grows each year, so does our inventory of parks and green space. Currently, we maintain approximately 3,000 acres of turf across Kitchener, ensuring these popular places are maintained so the community can enjoy them.

During the warmer months, our turf maintenance staff is spread out across the city, cycling through their scheduled routes. Of course, the timing of their work depends on different variables, including weather conditions (too wet or too dry), large amounts of litter and equipment availability.

Grass cutting update - June 13

After a late start due to weather and wet conditions, we are pleased to report that we have completed all grass cutting routes and are back on a more consistent cycle that gets staff through all areas of the city on a two to three week rotation.

For general inquiries about the city's turf maintenance practices, please call 519-741-2514.

 Grass cutting update - May 23

Due to the late winter weather and significant windstorm in early May, our seasonal grass cutting got off to a late start. In order to avoid damaging the equipment, staff first had to clean up the branches and other debris before they could mow. Many parts of the city were also too wet to cut without damaging the turf or causing the mowers to get stuck.

Grass grows most quickly in the spring once soil temperatures reach double digits consistently. As of mid-May, we are now seeing that surge of growth that will likely continue until mid-June. Our 11 crews have been out on their routes for the last two weeks; these routes are designed to cover the entire city over a three-week rotation.

We appreciate your patience during this quick growth period.

 

Tips for a healthy lawn

A healthy lawn is the best prevention against weeds. Here are some tips you can use throughout the season to have a healthy, weed-resistant, natural lawn.

In the spring:

Light raking can remove debris and some excessive thatch. Thatch can be beneficial to your lawn, but can also cause problems with root growth if it's too thick.

It's important to aerate your lawn. This process removes small cores of soil which allows water, air and nutrients to penetrate the soil to the roots.

Apply a fertilizer with the right mix of nitrogen, potassium and phosphate to feed your lawn. Consider slow release vs. fast release, and apply carefully to avoid "burning" your lawn.

Make sure your lawn mower is properly maintained; this includes sharpening your mower blades and raising the mower height, to help your lawn build healthy roots.

Overseeding and top-dressing help build a thicker lawn and provide increased nutrients to your grass. This is particularly important if you have aerated.

Remove weeds before they go to seed.

In the summer:

Don't cut your lawn to less than three inches. Longer grass means longer roots that hold moisture better and shades soil to reduce evaporation.

Your lawn is the best place to compost grass clippings, so let them fall. They return valuable nutrients to the soil.

Continue to hand-pull weeds, as required. A healthy lawn will resist the intrusion of weeds.

Follow local water restrictions - only water your lawn when necessary. Your lawn only needs one inch of water, once a week.

In the fall:

Aerating can also be done in the fall to help oxygen, water and nutrients reach the roots. Then, overseed and topdress after aeration.

Mow your lawn at a lower height. Because of the cooler weather, your grass will grow better and does not need as much protection and shade. A shorter lawn also makes leaf removal easier - though, mulching leaves on your lawn provides valuable nutrients.

Take pride in your yard

There are many easy ways to keep your yard weed-free - without the need for pesticides. Consider:

Converting a portion of your lawn to a nitrogen-fixing species, such as clover.

Replacing all or part of your lawn with diverse native species, such as low-growing groundcovers, shrubs, trees and plants.

Adding a vegetable, herb and fruit garden to your yard.

 

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