Make the grass greener on your side of the fence, next season!
Start off with a healthy run of aeration. Aerators punch holes or slice through the turf to reduce compaction. This allows air, water and nutrients to get down through the thatch and soil and into the root zone.
Spring/ Fall is a perfect time to aerate because grass is under less stress, but it’s still actively growing. This allows turf to fill in the open spaces where the soil plugs were removed.
We recomend that you aerate before you dethach your lawn this way the aeration plugs will be dispersed over the top of the lawn and add topsoil.
** Heavily used lawns, or those growing on heavy clay or subsoil, may need aerating more frequently.
Next up, dethatching
Thatch can keep water and air from reaching the soil and, if left untreated, can create an environment that harbors pests and diseases. Dethatching removes those layers of dead grass, roots and debris matted between the soil and the growing grass, keeping the grass greener and healthier while minimizing the chance of disease.
If you plan to overseed this year, you should dethatch right before.
If a lawn looks old, or just “worn out,” if it needs growing amounts of water and fertilizer to thrive, or is disease or insect prone, it’s a perfect candidate for overseeding.
Overseeding is the planting of grass seed directly into existing turf, without tearing up the turf, or the soil. It’s an easy way to fill in bare spots, improve the density of turf, establish improved grass varieties and enhance your lawn’s color.
Many older lawns were established with common type turf grasses not suited for the needs of today’s homeowner. They’re often more disease and insect prone, requiring more fertilizer and water.
Overseeding newer turfgrass varieties into an older lawn can help it better withstand insects, disease, drought, shady conditions and heavy traffic. The investment in overseeding pays off by reducing the amount of fertilizer, water and pesticides required. Most importantly, a renovated lawn stays greener and looks thicker and healthier!
Thatch: A loose, intermingled layer of dead and living shoots, stems and roots that develops between the zone of green vegetation and the soil surface.
Root zone: The area of the soil where roots develop, grow and mature.