Aerating

Aerating a lawn allows essential nutrients such as Potassium, Phosphorus and Oxygen to better penetrate the roots of grass.  This process is achieved by using an aerator to poke thousands of holes in the lawn.  Marking the sprinkler heads is important, because the rotors or sprayers can be damaged.

Three Signs that your yard needs to be aerated:

  1. Your lawn is thinning, because of soil compaction, shade or watering changes.
  2. Lawn fertilizing does not do much anymore, because the soil is highly compacted.
  3. A lot of water run-off caused by poor compacted soils.

Aeration will solve these problems by poking cores of soil out of the lawn, which enhances root growth.

Dethatching

A regular dethatching schedule can boost the health of your yard.

Tips for dethatching:

  1. If the thatch is less than ½ inch, then do not dethatch because some thatch in the lawn can help keep moisture in your lawn during the hot days of summer.
  2. First mow the lawn, so there is less to rake up.
  3. Once the lawn is mowed, mark the sprinkler heads and use the dethatcher to rake the lawn.  Rake away the thatch, because the thatch can lead to disease or fungus issues if left on the lawn.

Reseed your lawn

First, know what type of sod that you have.  Apply seed to bare spots according to the instructions on the bag.  Rake in the seed and water.  Best times for seeding are during the spring and fall.  Soil and mulching can play a role in having successful seed germinate on a lawn.