Saturday, November 20, 2010

Winterize Your Lawn

Now that your lawn has become dormant for the winter, now is the perfect time of the year to do things like overseed and aeration of the soil. Soil compaction is a leading reason that grass becomes spotty and thin looking. Aeration when done properly, pokes little holes an inch or so deep into the soil to provide a means for more water and nutrients to reach below the surface where the roots need their benefits to grow deeper and stronger. This also helps to prevent water runoff when it rains so more of the water reaches where it needs to get to. Overseeding should be done after aeration so that some of the seedlings fall into the newly made holes. These seedlings will be an inch or so lower that the rest of your lawn so they will have a stronger root system. Remember the deeper the roots, the stronger and better your lawn will be. Aeration and overseeding can also be done in the Spring in early April so that the seedlings have about a month to begin to germinate before its time to start mowing again. After doing overseeding, remember to water the area about 30 minutes a day for 10 days. After 10 days water the area for 20 minutes every other day for the next week. Depending on Spring rainfall of course. You should begin to see the new grass starting to come up and you will be well on your way to a healthy looking lawn in no time. Please visit our website for information on what we can do for your lawn!

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