What is Aeration?

Perforating the soil and mechanically removing small plugs of soil and thatch.The process allows:

  • Air, water and nutrients to more easily reach the roots of grass plants
  • Reduces thatch layer
  • Develops stronger and deeper grass root systems
  • Loosens compacted soil

Aeration combined with overseeding will provide a stable environment for growth.

How Much Should I Water?

If your lawn is well-established, water about 1 inch each week. One or two deep waterings every week is recommended to encourage better root growth. You can use the seasons to determine how long to water – not as much in the spring, but more in the summer.

When Should I water?

It’s best to water in the early morning, because it means that more water will penetrate into the soil, and allow less evaporation throughout the day. While many people prefer to water in the evening, your soil won’t dry enough before nightfall, which can introduce disease.

What if I Mow the Lawn too Short?

That’s called scalping. It should be avoided because it can make your grass thin out, lose color, and introduce more weeds and crabgrass. If a lawn is scalped during the hot summer, it will look yellow and burned out.If your lawn is mowed properly, it will be healthier, have a deeper color, be more resistant to disease and insects, and be less likely to be taken over by weeds.

How Often Should I Mow?

Mow the most often during the spring, when the grass is growing quickly. Even if your grass is high, you should never cut more than 1/3 of the grass blade at once. You shouldn’t mow when it’s very wet or hot outside.

What Height Should the Mower Be?

The mower height is adjustable for a good reason. When you cut your grass, your mower height should be between 2 1/2 -3″ for the whole year, except during the last cut of the season, when the blade should be at 1 1/3″. This helps keep your grass healthy during the winter by reducing snow mold and matting.