What a year this has been. From a harsh winter to a wet spring and a hot summer, your yard has taken a beating. But you can have a healthier lawn next spring if you do a little work right now.
It’s time to Aerate and Overseed your Lawn
The first step is to aerate. Since most people don’t own an aerator, you’ll probably need to rent one. Ask your neighbors if they need to aerate also, and you might be able to split the cost with them. Nature’s Helper doesn’t do aeration but if you want to hire someone to do it for you, we can recommend companies that do. Just give us a call, and we’ll point you in the right direction. Once your lawn is aerated, you should overseed. Don’t make the mistake of being cheap about the grass seed. If you buy the cheapest seed you can find, you’ll have a lawn with lots of weeds next spring. The cheaper seeds have tons of weed seeds or you get the thick-bladed grass with an aggressive seed that will cause more problems than it solves. Look for a high-quality seed, one with a blue-labeled tag. The blue tag certifies that the seed is high quality and not just leftover seeds that have been combined into one bag. If you need some help finding some quality seed, give us a call and we can help you out. Seeding should be done right now, while we still have some warm temperatures. The seed should germinate fast in the warmer weather and have a decent stand before the ground freezes. Your new grass needs a couple of mowings before winter comes to help prevent winterkill on the tender new grass. If you can’t overseed by mid-October, it’s not too late. However, you run the risk of having the snow kill the tender new grass. But go ahead and do it. You probably won’t have a stand this fall unless we get unusually warm weather that late in the season, but the seed should go dormant until spring. If you aerate before you throw the seed, a lot of the seed will go into the plug holes, and then the dirt will silt over the top and help the new seed stay moist so the sun won’t dry it out as fast. Don’t flood your new seed but do keep it damp. Run your irrigation system over your new seed about 10 minutes at a time, three times a day. Remember, your new grass has no roots yet so you have to add moisture to it during the day.
Lawn Still Looking “Sickly”?
With the cooler nights, your lawn should already be recovering from the heat of August. If your lawn isn’t starting to green up, then you most likely had a fungus or grub problem. This year’s humid summer created a perfect storm for fungus. The best way to overcome the brown areas in your yard is to aerate and seed.