Revitalize That Tired-Looking Lawn
The cool, crisp weather of fall makes it easy to forget how overbearing summer can be. Unfortunately, our lawns have a little more trouble putting summer’s heat and dryness behind them.
If your turf is looking a little worse for wear this fall, you’re not alone. Lots of lawns are showing the effects of another scorching summer. You may be noticing:
• Dead or very thin sections of turf
• Grass that feels especially soft or spongy when you walk across it
• An abundance of broadleaf or grassy weeds in the lawn
• A failure to improve in appearance despite regular watering and fertilization
Renovating Now Will Encourage Beautiful Turf Later
Fall is a great time for lawn renovations. Not only is the weather milder, but new grass seed will have much less competition from weed seeds trying to grow.
Core aeration is one of the best things that can be done for your lawn. An aerating machine removes plugs (or cores) of thatch and soil from your turf, and the holes left behind make it easier for air, water and fertilizer to reach the root system. The result is a stronger, more extensive root system and greener, healthier, more robust turf.
Overseeding after aeration is a good way to thicken up thin turf. Seed is spread evenly over any thin or bare areas soon after aeration is completed. Some of the seed lodges in the holes made by the aerator, and the increased seed-to-soil contact improves germination.
Renovation can help to get your summer-stressed lawn back in shape again. Just remember, the sooner it’s done, the better!
Prepping Your Soil: Late-Season Tips
Preparing garden soil with organic amendments is always a good idea. It improves soil structure for better aeration and drainage, and that leads to better plant growth. Fall is a great time to do it, because soil is usually drier and easier to work with at this time of year.
How Much Is Enough?
From 3" to 4" of organic amendment will be beneficial. It should be added over the garden soil area, then turned or tilled into the top 8" to 10" of soil.
What’s a Good Amendment To Use?
Our Organic Amendment service includes thatch removal if needed. The dethatching is followed by a core aeration. Then we will blow compost over yours existing lawn. Compost will invigorate your soil by incorporating organic matter to establish healthy plant growth and enrich existing soil. This will encourage lateral root growth in your existing lawn. The service continues by broadcasting seed, starter fertilizer, and lime.
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