Fertilizing the Lawn
Regular fertilization all through the year is important in the maintenance of a healthy lawn.
How many applications of fertilizer a lawn needs varies from place to place. It will depend on soil conditions and the kind of grass.
Fertilization throughout the year will help replenish lawn color and nutrients that have depleted over the winter, reduce the stress that heat and drought cause and develop grass roots that are healthy as well as strong enough to survive through the years.
Seeding the Lawn
An excellent way to replenish lawn density is through re-seeding.
When you should reseed will depend on your location, but typically it is implemented during the fall and spring months when it is cooler.
Lawn compaction could arise from children playing, regular foot traffic, furniture or other heavy objects that stay on the lawn.
Similar to when you transplant a particular house plant while it grows, your lawn requires “breathing room” in order to grow.
Lawn Aeration will loosen compacted soil, which increases its ability to transfer nutrients, water and air to the root system.
Once completed, immediately apply water and fertilizer to maximize conditions that aeration creates.
If you understand your yard’s pH level, it will help you produce an environment that is most beneficial to turf growth.
Grass prefers soil that is slightly acidic, so you could either add lime in order to decrease the level of acid or add sulfur to increase the acid level. If you live in a place that gets a lot of rain, you may need to lime your lawn each year.
If a lawn’s color turns yellow, the culprit could be not enough iron.
Soil analysis from Your Local Lawn Doctor or an agriculture extension service will tell you what your lawn needs.
When a lawn is soft and spongy, it generally indicates thatch, which mostly consists of a layer of dead roots and plant stems that is caused by incorrect lawn mowing, incorrect lawn watering or incorrect fertilization.
A thin layer (not more than half an inch) of thatch will help prevent ground compaction and will enable the soil to retain moisture.
But when thatch is in a thick layer, it can harbor disease and insects while acting as if it is a plastic sheet that blocks water, air and nutrients; everything grass roots need to remain healthy.
If you are already dealing with thatch issues, call Lawn Doctor for help with pH level balancing and lawn aeration.
Lawn Care Tips to Avoid Buildup of Thatch:
• Mow on the lawn’s high side and vigorously rake, but avoid tearing the lawn.
• Water your lawn on an infrequent basis, but do it deeply – about one inch per week.
For More Information and More Lawn Care Tips, See Your Local Lawn Doctor: