Maintaining a healthy and beautiful lawn often times require some tender love and care (TLC). This includes proper cutting at different heights throughout the summer months, watering, fertilizing, aerating and dethatching. Read more about the techniques for achieving your dream lawn, including when to overseed the lawn.

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Lawn Aerating

To achieve a beautiful and healthy lawn requires more than just watering, fertilizing, and regular mowing. Lawn aerating is another sensible procedure to practice at least once per year or every 2 years if you have high-traffic areas and heavy thatch. Aerating is the process of punching holes into your lawn to allow water, oxygen, fertilizers, and other nutrients to penetrate the soil and better reach the roots of your grass. Aerating is usually done by pushing hollow cylinders into the ground and forcing out plugs of soil to the lawn surface. This process can also help in breaking up the buildup of thatch in your lawn. So what is Thatch? Keep on reading more below...

To see lawn aerating in action, click here.

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Lawn Dethatching

Unlike aerating, dethatching is strictly for the removal of dead grass and other debris from the lawn. Thatch develops after you've been taking care of the lawn for a couple of years. It's the light brown layer that builds up between the soil and the green grass. This is sometimes made up of living, dead and decaying organic matter, compressed roots, stems and runners. Not the grass clippings as some people may think.

In moderation, thatch is a good thing. It makes the turf a little springy and comfortable to walk on. It can conserve water, protect the soil and help the lawn hold up better. But when the organic matter between the green grass and the soil builds up faster than it decays, thatch becomes a problem. It may look somewhat harmless, but it can make it harder for grass roots to take hold in the soil. Excessive thatch could also become a breeding ground for pests and disease.

To see lawn thatching in action, click here

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Why Fertilize Your Lawn?

The major goal of a lawn fertilization management program is to produce attractive turf that is healthy, and able to withstand various elements. Fertilization is one of the most basic and important components of a turfgrass management program. Turf fertilization contributes greatly to lawn color, density, uniformity, growth, and replaces lost nutrients. Properly fertilized grass also helps prevent weeds from growing and the lawn is able recover from damage caused by environmental stresses faster than improperly fertilized lawns. It's also a good idea to know the identity of your lawn grass.

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Identifying Your Lawn Grass

Popular cool-season grasses:

  • Bluegrass
  • Perennial ryegrass
  • Tall fescue
  • Fine fescue

Popular warm-season grasses:

  • Bahia
  • Common Bermuda

If you are interested in the fine details of your lawn and wants to do some of the leg work yourself, here are some Do-It-Yourself Instructions.