In last week’s blog, “Why Should I Aerate My Lawn?“, we discussed why it was important to aerate your lawn. Warm season grasses like bermuda and zoysia should be aerated in the spring/summer months. After the cold months of fall and winter, lawns tend to become damaged from the cool temperatures, debris, and general wear and tear that comes with the little time we spend on our lawns during those months.
Aerating your lawn gives the soil a chance to breathe by removing debris and thatch and allowing it to better absorb oxygen, fertilizer, water, and other nutrients that it needs to thrive into a healthy, green lawn!
Below are pictures taken by our lawn care professionals of a lawn before and after being aerated by Northwest Lawn Care professionals.
Call or go online to schedule a FREE lawn analysis on your lawn. You’ll be enjoying a green, healthy lawn in no time!
Why Should I Aerate My Lawn?
Just like any living being, lawns need TLC too. Throughout the seasons, climates, and general wear and tear, lawns can become damaged. The ground gets hard and compacted, not allowing water and nutrients to get through. This can make for an unhealthy lawn.
Aerating can be just what your lawn needs to allow it to “open back up” and be able to receive its water and nutrients again. Aerating consists of inserting holes into the lawn for better water and nutrient absorption, and eliminating thatch (organic and non-organic debris that settles between the green and the soil). All of this build up makes the soil hard and compacted. Aerating will loosen the compacted soil and allow your grass to grow faster and thicker.
Aeration will make your lawn treatments more effective. Oxygen, fertilizer, water, and other nutrients will be better absorbed.
When is the Best Time to Aerate?
It is recommended that cool season grass be aerated in the fall. Warm season grass should be aerated in spring or summer.
For more information on aeration and other lawn care services, contact the professionals at Northwest Lawn Care. We will come out and do a FREE lawn care analysis of your lawn and work with you to create a customized lawn care program that is right for your yard.
We have seen a severe armyworm infestation this summer. The extremely dry, hot weather is a welcome mat for armyworms to our region. Armyworms are a type of larval worm that feed on grass blades, but rarely kills the turf, even if left untreated. However, their damage can make lawns look unsightly, like they are dying. The damage they cause will make your yard look like it has been scalped or damaged in large areas. It is usually fairly easy to tell if you have armyworms. The turf can be pulled back easily and you can see them in the soil…they look like little caterpillars.
If you find that you have been infested with armyworms, call a professional lawn care service such as Northwest.
With any lawn care treatment, watering is also an important factor. Watering in each zone for about 25-30 minutes a day, until the lawn recovers, helps the products reach the root system. Avoid watering on days that we have a sufficient amount of rain.
Every lawn is different, so we will continue to monitor your lawn’s progress to determine the course of
action that is right for your lawn. For more information on Northwest Lawn Care visit us at www.callnorthwest.com