The shorter days and cooler nights we’ve been experiencing can only mean one thing: summer is slowly but surely coming to an end. As you start thinking about your late summer “to do” list, be sure to keep your lawn in mind. After a summer marked by little precipitation and extreme temperatures (both cool and hot!), your once-lush grass may be looking a bit worse for wear. Don’t allow small imperfections to become unmanageable damage – re-invigorate your turf with these tips from Weed Man Lawn Care.
Core aeration is an effective, budget-friendly way to revitalize your lawn. Following a summer full of outdoor activity, the soil on your lawn may feel hard to the touch. This is because it has been packed down by a high volume of foot traffic. Not to worry – aeration can help. During the process of aeration, plugs of soil are removed from the lawn to improve the movement of air, water and nutrients throughout the soil. This alleviates soil compaction by providing “vents” through which your lawn can breathe, allowing the grass plant’s root system to grow deeper and stronger. The result is a hardy lawn that is better able to withstand common turf stressors.
Does your lawn feature thinning grass, bare patches or signs of drought stress? Consider treating your turf to an overseeding from Weed Man. Overseeding involves sowing additional seed over existing lawn grasses, which, in turn, thickens up the turf and allows it to fight back against damage and disease. When performed in conjunction with fall aeration, overseeding can have incredible results, as both services help re-build a lawn’s foundation before the harsher months ahead.
The majority of lawn care experts agree that the last application of fertilizer of the year has the most impact on home lawns. This means that even if you fertilized your lawn this past spring, you should strongly consider a fall feeding. Fall fertilizers have multiple benefits:
- They feature a high concentration of potassium, aiding in the cold hardiness of your turf
- They allow your lawn to store vital nutrients for the winter
- They encourage a healthy, thriving root system
Timing is everything. If fertilizer is applied too early, it can lead to harmful turf diseases and winter injury. It is best to apply fall fertilizer just before grass stops growing – usually between mid to late November.
Although you may be spending a little less time outdoors these days than you did in the peak of summer, don’t leave your lawn to fend for itself. Going the extra mile now will go a long way in giving you a healthy, lush lawn come next spring.
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