Take a look at our pro-tips below for help in making your yard the envy of the block!

Pest Management

Pests can be defined as noxious, harmful, or troublesome organisms.  They can include weeds, insects, fungi, rodents, viruses or any other plant or animal  that has an undesirable effect. We all have them in our yards - some visible and some not.  If left unchecked, pests can have a negative affect on the appearance of your yard; and worse, the environment and surrounding areas.   The best approach to managing pests in our yards is to take a preventative approach. Avoiding pest problems is less expensive and gives better and longer term results than relying on treatments.

Preventing pest problems can be  done in a number of ways:

These simple chores take only a few minutes a week and will go a long way to ensuring your yard remains pest-free and enjoyable throughout the season!

Spring Clean Up

Why is a proper spring clean up of my yard important? A spring-clean up is the most important thing you can do to set your yard up for a productive growing season. With the harsh Foothills winter and late springs it's important to help your lawn "catch up" by doing what you can when the warmer spring weather arrives.  A spring clean up may include the following:

Call TMS Yard Care today to book your spring clean up.  Your yard (and neighbors) will love you for it!

Three Lawn Watering Mistakes to Avoid

As we approach the warmer season it is important to set out an efficient and systematic watering plan- not only to have a great looking lawn, but to conserve the precious water we are using in the Foothills region. Here are three common mistakes that can lead to waste and inefficient watering of your lawn:

1.Incorrect Amount of water

As a general rule, your lawn needs about an inch of water per week, from both rain and the hose.  It’s easy to see when grass is under- watered, since it usually turns brown and looks dry and dead. Even if it still looks healthy, grass that does not get enough water is not going to develop a strong and healthy root system, leaving it susceptible to problems in the future. Giving the grass too much water can wash away fertilizer and nutrients, eventually killing the grass. And, too much moisture supports fungal growth, which will damage or kill your lawn. 

2.Watering At The Wrong Time

The ideal time to water your lawn is around dawn, or between 4 am and 8 am. At this time, moisture will not evaporate as quickly, and there is usually less wind to blow the water around. Yet, as the day warms up, sufficient drying will occur to prevent saturation and other harms that come from too much water.

3.Incorrect Watering Equipment

Having an irrigation/ sprinkler system installed is the best way to control the amount and frequency of watering. However, if that is not possible or in the budget, a pulsating sprinkler is the next best thing. Pulsating sprinklers spray the water horizontally over a wide area and ensures even watering.  There is one exception to this- if you have a new lawn, an oscillating sprinkler that sprays the water vertically is a better option. It has less pressure than a pulsating sprinkler and is less likely to wash away seeds or crush new sprout lings. In either case, you will need pay close attention to the timing and move the sprinklers around the yard to evenly water every section.

Paying attention to the amount and timing our the watering you do will be best for your lawn, while conserving the precious resource for all of us.


Your lawn needs to breathe, and aeration can help. Lawn aeration involves the removal of small soil plugs or cores out of the lawn. Most aeration is done mechanically with an aeration machine.

As lawns age or sustain heavy use, soil compaction can result. Roots require oxygen to grow and absorb nutrients and water and compaction reduces total pore space and the amount of air within the soil. Core aeration can benefit your lawn by:

If in doubt about aeration, take a core sample of your lawn and subsurface at least 6 inches deep. If grass roots extend only into the first 1-2 inches, your soil may be compacted and could benefit from core aeration. Expect a seasonal effect with cool-season grass roots being shortest in late summer and at their greatest depth in late spring.

Other reasons to aerate include:

However, not all lawns need to be aerated. Keep in mind that winter freezing and thawing cycles and earthworm activity can help loosen slightly compacted soils. Furthermore, newly seeded or sodded lawns should not be aerated in the first year. Lawns with more than half an inch of thatch may require dethatching.

Aerators can be rented from many garden or rental centres, and some landscape companies will perform the service for you. Be sure that the machine has hollow tines or spoons to bring the soil core to the surface. In Alberta, the best time to aerate is in May to June and again in mid September.

When aerating,

Before aerating, please keep the following in mind:

Watering After Fertilizing

TMS Yard Care uses a slow-release granular fertilizer. While it is not necessary to water immediately after application, it can still be beneficial. Slow-release fertilizers are designed to gradually release nutrients over an extended period, and they often require moisture to activate the release process.

While the granules will eventually break down and release nutrients on their own, watering the lawn after applying a slow-release fertilizer helps to initiate the process and ensure the nutrients reach the root zone.

Weeds are still in my lawn after TMS Yard Care has applied Weed Control

 There could be a few reasons for this:

1. Time for results

It may take some time for the weed spray to take full effect. Weed control products typically work by targeting the weeds' growth and preventing them from spreading or causing harm. It may take several days or even weeks to see complete results. Patience is key, and it's worth giving the treatment some time before assessing its effectiveness.

2. Resistant weeds

Some weeds can be particularly resilient and resistant to certain herbicides. If you have persistent weeds that are not responding to the treatment, it's possible that they are resistant to the specific active ingredient in the weed spray that was used.

3. New weed growth

Weeds can continuously germinate and appear in your lawn or garden even after a weed control treatment. The weed spray may have effectively controlled the existing weeds at the time of application, but new weeds can emerge from seeds present in the soil or brought in by wind, birds, or other means. Ongoing weed management may be necessary to keep new weed growth under control.