Is your lawn looking weak or tired from all the stresses of summer? Maybe your lawn got away from you this season and you didn’t have the time to care for it properly. Whatever the reason, you can still bring your lawn back to life with these lawn restoration tips.
Thatch is the layers of grass clippings, leaves, and other organic matter that settles on the soil under your grass. As the layers get thicker, it can prevent water from getting into the soil, turning it hard and compact. Compacted soil prevents water, air, and nutrients from getting to your roots. Over time, you will start to see your grass decline.
To remedy the thatch and compaction problem, you should consider getting your lawn aerated. Core aeration can solve a host of lawn problems and it’s a great start to lawn restoration.
Before you start applying any seeds or nutrients to your lawn, conduct a soil test to determine any deficiencies in soil health and the soil’s pH balance. If your soil has a low pH, add a lime mixture to bring the pH up to optimal levels. Lime can be purchased from any garden center or home center.
Now that your soil is loosened up and ready to accept nutrients, it’s time to fertilize. Based on the results of your soil test, you will be able to determine the best fertilizer to choose for your lawn. Follow the directions on the package and use a spreader to put down a layer of fertilizer. If you don’t want to risk it, here at TruGreen MidSouth, we have an excellent lawn fertilization program that will give your lawn the right nutrients at the right time.
Overseeding is the process of planting new grass seed directly into your existing turf. Usually, overseeding is done with different grass types than your current grass to improve its look and to make it more resistant to pests and disease. Overseeding will also produce a thicker lawn which can help to prevent weeds from germinating.
The key to keeping your new lawn healthy is by watering regularly. Water your grass at least twice a day until the new seeds germinate. Remember not to water too late in the day or your grass will remain wet overnight which can lead to nasty fungi and lawn diseases. Make sure to water enough to allow the water to soak deep into the soil, encouraging your roots to grow deep.
When your new grass reaches three inches tall, it’s time to mow it to two inches. Once established, you can resume regular watering and mowing schedules. Bag the clippings to prevent a new layer of thatch from forming.
Restoring a lawn takes a lot of hard work and may take two or three growing seasons to completely return to its former glory. At TruGreen, we use the latest techniques and products to restore your lawn quickly and effectively