Lawn aeration is the process of punching small plugs, or cores into the lawn turf and the underlying soil structure in order to penetrate the root and thatch layer, thus allowing water and air into the soil to reach the grassroots. This process will allow the grass to consume the water and air efficiently, and as result, letting your grass better absorb the nutrients it needs. Usually, this can be with a motorized machine. Machines that aerate your lawn are mostly rented because unlike lawn mowers that is being used often every time your grass growth is long; your will only need to aerate your lawn few times a year. So, we recommend either you rent a lawn aerator or hire Lawn Care Pueblo Colorado to aerate your lawn for you.
Why should I aerate my lawn?
Lawn aeration is the solution to a heavily compacted soil. Soil compaction happens when your lawn has heavy foot traffic or if your lawn is planted on a soil base that is heavy in clay content. If you experience soil compaction, it is advised that you aerate your lawn at least once a year. You might dislike the appearance of your lawn after lawn aeration is done. If so, you can rake up the soil that got scattered in the process. But they will eventually break up and decompose when left on the lawn.
When is the best time to aerate my lawn?
It is recommended that the very best time to aerate your lawn is in the fall when you have cool temperatures already, when weed occurrence is minimal and when you grass is actively growing.
Spring season is not the ideal time to aerate your lawn, but this depends on the condition of the lawn. Grass cannot grow on compacted soil. If this happens then you will need to aerate your lawn. We highly discourage lawn aeration to be done in spring because this is the same season that weed seeds germinate. Weed seeds germinates best underneath the soil thus making aerated lawns a perfect breeding ground for them. If your soil is extremely compacted of your turf is excessively thin, it would be better to wait until late spring season to aerate your lawn because weeds have already been established but before they flower and go to seed again. This occurs around Memorial Day in most climates.
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Watering your lawn with the correct timing will result in the greenest and the healthiest lawn that you can get. You might say that lawns need water all the time but it’s a bad idea in a long run to feed them in a wrong time.
Okay, so what are the times on when we should not be watering our lawn?
Simple answer is when the sun is at its highest or at the middle of the day. Because the water will simply evaporate from the heat that comes from the sun. And if the water evaporates quickly, then there is no chance that the water will reach the root of your lawn. End result is waste of money, water and effort. It’s also worth taking note that some cities prohibit watering a lawn during certain times.
Then what are the best times to water our lawn?
Usual timings are before 10:00AM or after 6:00PM. Yes, the sun is still up but it is not at its highest point anymore. If you will be watering your lawn around those times then the water will have a better chance of reaching the roots of your lawn. If you water by hand, make sure you have enough time after getting up in the morning to prepare and to finish watering your lawn before 10:00AM or to water them after 6:00PM and to be finished before going to bed.
But the very best time of the day to water your lawn is at very late nights or early in the morning before sunrise. Those are the best timings to water your lawn because you don’t have to compete with the sun evaporating the water on your lawn during daytime. Another benefit that you can get from watering your lawn at those times is you will be using less water that you usually consume when you water in daytime. Because virtually all the water will be sucked by your lawn and nothing will be wasted. If this is the case then there is no need consume much more water just to factor in the chances of the water evaporating before it reaches the roots of your lawn.
A water sprinkler will be very useful at this point because anyone will find it inconvenient to water their lawn manually on those times. Simply set the timer of the sprinkler to your desired time within early morning or late at night.
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Usually we ignore bumps on our lawn. But as time goes by ignoring these bumps, mowing your lawn will start to become difficult and its usage will be limited. But don’t think that fixing it requires rocket science or a set of specialized tools. And we promise, sorting it out will be easy.
Below are the things that you’ll need to know on how to fix your bumpy lawn.
First, let’s discuss the solution that is pretty much popular - using a lawn roller. But is this method good or bad for your lawn?
Straight answer, it's bad for your lawn. It’s true that it flattens the lawn. But it can only do it on small bumps and depressions. Not on areas that are more uneven. And since its main job is to flatten out the lawn, its side effect is that it will also compress the soil. And doing this on the soil is the exact opposite of aerating your lawn. Soil aeration is important because it will let your lawn breathe oxygen and consume the needed soil nutrients more efficiently.
And we hope this explains why using a lawn roller is a bad idea on flattening a lawn.
Now we proceed on how to smoothen your uneven lawn with your hand. Do not worry as this will be easy. Doing this will save you on renting or borrowing a lawn roller and it will also provide you with an easy, long term solution for lawn bumps and depressions of all sizes.
Here are some answers that you might have in mind before or after doing the steps above to smoothen your lawn.
Will this method fix my sloping yard?
The process of leveling a sloping yard is much more different and in depth than the leveling of a bumpy lawn that we described above. Leveling a sloping yard usually requires re-grading your lawn. And before you re-grade your lawn, you need to find the highest and lowest points then measure the angle or grade between them and correct accordingly. Re-grading your lawn is a considerable project that homeowners choose to address on a DIY basis. It would be better to hire a professional landscaping company to re-grade your lawn if needed.
Will the uneven areas remain level?
Yes. Your lawn should remain level for many years to come as long as you have fixed the cause of the unevenness of your lawn to develop in the first place.
Can I use sand to level my lawn?
Yes, but using sand will not make the leveled parts of your lawn “fully green” again. Because grass cannot draw nutrients on sand. This in turn will result with very pronounced thin spots in your lawn. That is why we recommend using topsoil.
In conclusion, by doing the steps above and using topsoil, you should be able to cover up the bumpy and uneven areas in your lawn with minimal difficulty. But you might consider doing the steps two to three times to get your lawn completely level. Rest assured it will be worth it once you have an even, beautiful yard for your friends and family to enjoy.
Crab grass makes your lawn look ugly and is one of the culprits that steals nutrients that should be for your lawn. Removing crab grass is an easy process if done correctly. But if these are left to its own devices, it can definitely threaten the health and beauty of your lawn.
Other than the usual weed control measures, there are varying methods of controlling crab grass, depending on the scope of its occurrence.
But first, what is Crab grass?
Crab grass is a variety of weed that grows and spreads rapidly throughout the US and some parts of Canada. In a warm season, it can spread over 100,000 seeds.
These weeds take away the nutrients needed by your turf grass and if left untreated, can ruin a lawn or garden resulting in bare patches and dead grass.
What’s the difference between Pre-Emergence and Post-Emergence Herbicides?
Herbicides is an effective method to removing crab grass. It’s purpose is to kill the crab grass without harming the plants on your lawn. Make sure that the herbicide that you will use is specifically formulated to kill crab grass. Using an all purpose herbicide may hurt other plants and your natural turf grass.
Pre-emergence herbicide is applied before the appearance of crab grass in the spring. Post-emergence should be used on already sprouted crab grass. Herbicides in liquid or granulated form are equally effective. Homeowners should refrain from applying pre-emergence herbicides after grass seeding.
How to apply herbicide to kill grab grass
For pre-emergence herbicide:
For post-emergence herbicide:
Issues with herbicides
Possible side effect with herbicides is that an individual may notice their natural turf grass is turning brown. Cause of this issue is over application of herbicide. This can be fixed by frequent, deep watering of the lawn. This washes away herbicide residuals and cleanses the plant roots. Making sure that the herbicide to be used is specifically intended for crab grass reduces the risk of damaging the turf grass. It is preferred to use eco friendly herbicides for the safety of your family and pets.
Another method for killing crab grass.
If the infestation of crab grass is minimal, you may try to manually pull the existing crab grass and allow the roots to dry out. This will kill the crab grass and prevent it from producing seeds.
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