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Aerating your Yard

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Have you ever walked across a yard, and realized that there were tiny little dirt holes everywhere, not to mention questionable looking  dirt plugs everywhere you step? That is the mark of an aerated yard. While aerating might look funny initially, it provides great benefits for those who need to jump start their yard work this spring, and provide optimum health for your front and back yards.

Benefits of Aerating your Yard

Aerating your yard provides several benefits. If you notice that your yard isn’t growing like it should, or doesn’t look as

healthy as it should be, consider aerating the soil. Especially if you have a regular fertilization program, water your yard, and take care of your lawn. This process pokes holes all throughout your yard to let oxygen and nutrients get down into the soil. Especially if you have an older home, often times yards can become compacted with dirt, compost, dead leaves, grass clippings and more. Instead of this providing nutrients to the soil, it can rest on top of the soil and invite insects, animals or unwanted creatures and diseases into your lawn. To prevent this problem, and to provide health for your soil, consider aerating your yard.

Aerating improves your Yard

Aearing your lawn will increase the oxygen flow throughout your soil. This will make your trees and plants healthier, as the roots will have more room to grow, too. You’ll see an increased growth in your grass, as the roots will now have more room to grow new grass seedlings. Your yard will also be able to withstand dry spurts when we have weeks upon weeks without rain.

Lawn Seeding in Spring

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So it’s time. Either you’ve got big brown patches of dirt that need filled, or your yard needs a little “improvement.” This spring, several homeowners will break out the extra grass seed and overseed their lawns in hopes of covering up the dog spots, neglected areas, or even areas of high foot traffic in the yard. And while fall is typically the preferred time to seed your lawn, those who grow grass in early spring have found success, too.

Overseeding your Lawn in Spring

This spring, to seed your lawn, first rake up the extra leaves the thatch from your yard. This will begin to aerate the soil, and loosen it up for grass roots to grow. You might also consider aearing your entire yard if your soil is heavily compacted. This will allow oxygen to get into the soil, and for your grass to grow better.

You want to make sure the temperatures have started to warm up, but not too much to the point that the soil is already dried and compacted. The ideal temperature for your soil when planting grass seed in spring is 40-45 degrees. You’ll want to make sure the soil can be raked up enough to cover the new seedlings. Make sure you plant when the risk of snow or freezing has passed, but before the hot summer days are here.

Overseeding your Springtime Yard

If you have a few patches of grass you’re looking to overseed, it’s easy to grow grass on your own. Remove the area from any debris, and rake up the soil. A garden tool, aerating tool or hoe also work well to break up the soil. Make sure the soil is free of acidity for checking for moss growth, and add lime, if needed. Sprinkle grass seed in the area, and then add a fertilizer, too. Many homeowners have found it helpful to then cover up the grass seed with hay or moss to prevent the seeds from traveling. Keep an eye on the area, and make sure it stays watered.

Help Your Lawn Recover from Last Year's Drought

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Kansas City went through a severe drought  in 2012. With these conditions, your lawn has become water stressed. This will cause many lawns to go dormant and turn yellowish or brown. It’s possible for your lawn to then go from dormant to dead.

The easiest way to determine signs of drought stress is through the color of your grass. If your grass has discolored to yellow or tan, your lawn is experiencing drought dormancy. Drought dormancy can be somewhat good news because it hasn’t died, it just simply stopp

ed growing. Once you have determined that your lawn needs some extra care in recovering from the drought, it’s time to dethatch. Thatch is a layer of dead organic matter, likes leaves and grass clippings, between the green matter and the surface of the soil. It’s important to remove these after a drought so that new grass doesn’t root into the thatch, but into the soil. It’s important to remove these during or after a drought so that new grass doesn’t root into the thatch, but into the soil. Once the thatch has been removed, you can begin to aerate the soil. In other words, puncture holes in your lawn. This way, any moisture will go directly to your lawn’s roots.
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To begin replenishing the nutrients that were lost during the drought, feed your lawn with a fertilizer developed for grass. This will especially help with the bare spots. If rain isn’t in the forecast, it’s time to start watering deeply once or twice a week. As the temperature rises, begin to increase the length of time you are watering.

Now you’re probably wondering- to mow or not to mow? It’s ok to mow if you mow high and mulch your grass clippings. This will also help retain any moisture.

 
Once your lawn begins to slowly recover from its dormancy, you can start seeding and treating the weeds. If you have any further questions about recovering your lawn from a drought or other lawn care, contact Olympic Lawn and Landscape, Inc.

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