September Lawn Tips
Autumn officially begins the 22nd and that means cooler temperatures, BBQ's, colorful foliage, and enjoying the outdoors. Now is the time to provide the essential maintenance to the cornerstone of your landscape, the lawn! Aeration, over seeding, and applying herbicide can be incredibly beneficial to your lawn if done properly.
- Over seeding should be done before the second week of October.
- Aerate before over seeding.
- If you are over seeding and applying herbicide, read the label of the herbicide!
- Even if you are not over seeding, please read the label.
We discussed these topics in the May newsletter but here are some definitions again.
Over seeding: Applying more grass seed to an existing lawn, it's usually accompanied with aeration and is a common practice for golf courses.
Aeration: Basically a process of poking a bunch of holes in your yard to alleviate soil compactness. These holes allow air and water to penetrate deeper into the soil providing a more suitable environment for your grass to grow. It should be considered if your lawn is heavily used, was established by sod, was newly established, dries out easily, or you just want it to look and feel it's best.
Slit Seeding: Often used to repair empty patches in lawns. A machine slices the ground then deposits seeds directly into the groves. This process increases seed to soil contact increasing germination rates. A second pass is performed at a right angle to maximize coverage. Cover with a thin layer of top dressing and water for best results.