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The Importance of Aerating Your Lawn

APR 2018

What is Aeration

 

Aeration is the process of poking holes on your lawn to perforate the soil and allow air, nutrients and water to reach the grass roots.

 

Why Aeration is Necessary

 

We aerate your lawn to help loosen the soil in order for the grass roots to breathe and absorb plant nutrients better. When the soil underneath your grass becomes too compact, the air, water and other vital nutrients that are needed by your lawn will find it difficult to seep farther down where it is mostly needed. Aerating can also help the roots produce fuller and thicker grass for a more vigorous lawn.

 

When to Perform Aeration

 

During the growing season is the optimal time for you to aerate your lawn because this time will be the best for your lawn to heal and fill any gaps after the removal of your soil plugs. Aerate your lawn during early spring or fall if you are growing cool season grass and during late spring if you have warm season grass.

 

Tips on Performing Aeration

 

Initially, making sure that your soil is moist enough is important to make the process of creating holes easier on yourself.

 

Leave the unaffected areas alone for your next aeration session.

 

Continue basic lawn care after aerating to maintain a healthy lawn.

 

 

Watering Your Lawn During Warmer Months

APR 2018

Watering your lawn properly during the warmer months is crucial in maintaining the overall health and beauty of your grass. While some watering habits work great during certain months, some may do more harm than good during the summer.

 

Under regular weather conditions, watering your lawn 2 to 3 times weekly early in the morning should be sufficient enough but with the hotter months coming, it may be smart to start watering your lawn daily, from late March to Early June. Though this might not be considered cost efficient and may vary depending on the water restrictions in your area, it is crucial in maintaining the health of your lawn during the harshest season for grass.

 

Another thing to keep in mind is that even though the soil underneath the grass is getting sufficient moisture, the blades of grass on the surface may not be doing so well. Keeping the roots healthy may render useless if your grass dries out completely on the outside. Having said that, a second watering session during the hottest part of the day should be in order if you still notice brown patches all over your lawn. The grass itself should stay moist as well as its roots to keep your lawn looking neat and healthy.

 

When is the Optimal time for Watering?

 

St. Augustine Grass - 1:00 to 3:00 in the morning

Zoysia Grass  - 2:00 to 8:00 in the morning

Bermuda Grass - 4:00 to 10:00 in the morning

 

 

 

 

Watering Your Lawn During Fall/Winter Months

DEC 2017

Its that time of the year, when grass slowly starts to slow in growth, and prepare to go into a state dormancy .

 

Summer watering schedules should be scaled back to twice per week during fall months (September 22nd - December 20th) 2017. Once we start to experience decreases in temperatures/ cold fronts. Lawns with a lower grass height can typically be watered between 15 - 20 minutes and keep roots moist. Lawns with thicker grass heights will typically have to be watered a little longer, maybe 20 - 30 minutes to allow the water to penetrate and moisture the roots.

 

During the winter months, (December 21st 2017 - March 19th 2018) if the air temperature is above freezing and the soil isn’t frozen, you should water every two or three weeks for 15 to 20 minutes, to keep the roots moist & help fight the drying effects of winter winds. We recommend watering in the afternoon, to allow grass blades to dry due to the risk of fungal diseases that can be caused by excessive moisture and freezing from cold fronts.

 

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