Now that summer is winding
down, it’s time to start thinking about preparing your lawn for the
winter. We are coming off one of the driest
August we’ve had in a long time and we know that your lawn has taken a hard
hit. In order to achieve and maintain a
beautiful lawn, you should employ basic lawn care practices such as properly
mowing, fertilizing and watering. It is also important to ensure that nutrients
can reach the soil beneath your grass. Aeration can be an extremely vital
element to a healthy lawn because it allows air and water to penetrate built-up
grass or lawn thatch. Aeration involves
perforating the soil with small holes to allow air, water and nutrients to
penetrate the grass roots. This helps the roots grow deeply and produce a
stronger, more vigorous lawn.
SIGNS YOU NEED LAWN
Your lawn may look fine,
but if you notice any of the following, chances are your lawn is begging for
some much-needed airing out.
•Puddles form on your
lawn after a rainstorm. If the ground isn't soaking up any rainwater, it’s
preventing much needed moisture and nutrients from reaching your soil.
•Your lawn does not pass
the “screwdriver test.” If you have difficulty sticking a screwdriver into the
ground, it’s time for a thorough aeration.
•There is a thick layer
of debris (also known as thatch). Excessive thatch (over 1/2 inch thick)
creates a favorable environment for lawn-damaging insects and disease.