School is back in session and with that the unofficial start of fall has arrived. You know what that means for us lawn gurus…yes, it’s time to review your needs to renovate or revitalize your lawn. Whether you simply need core aeration, core aeration + overseeding or a complete lawn renovation, the month of September is the time to start. Here’s a bit of information to help you get started.
Core Aeration ~
Core aeration removes “cores” of soil. Aeration involves making holes in the lawn either by pushing a rod into it or extracting a plug of soil. This process breaks up thatch, relieves soil compaction and improves water, nutrient & oxygen movement in the soil. The build-up of lawn thatch makes it difficult for your lawn to breathe. (Thatch is a spongy layer of light-brown matter that resembles peat moss located between the soil & grass) Lawn aeration helps control thatch.
Overseeding is simply applying seed over the top of your lawn, preferably after the core aeration process. Over-seeding annually as part of your standard maintenance of a healthy yard keeps your turf thick & dense.
Slit Seeding ~
Slit seeding is a process where a machine will open the soil and deposit seed directly into the soil opening. This procedure is typically recommended when turf conditions are poor (large bare spots, heavy disease or damage).