October is here, and that means pumpkin carvings, haunted hayrides, and scary ghost stories. But wait. Just because we are focusing on Halloween doesn’t mean we can forget about our lawn care. In fact, now is the perfect time to think about regrowth and the revitalization of your lawn. After a summer full of fun and activities, your grass is tired. Our North Carolina summers can wreak havoc on our well-maintained lawns. Summer heat, drought, and oversaturation caused by tropical storms can cause even the best lawns to require tender loving care. Check to see if your grass is starting to show bare patches or you have compacted soil. Our 7-step lawn care program’s fall aeration service may be just what your grass needs.
But Wait, What Is Compacted Soil?
Compacted soil occurs when the particles of the soil are squeezed together so tightly that it reduces the pore space between them. Often this occurs as a result of too much thatch. Thatch is the excessive layers of organic and inorganic grass clippings and dead leaves that sit right underneath your grass. It acts as a barrier for water and new grass to grow. Thatch can also be a suitable home for insects and mold. Compact soil reduces the rate of both water infiltration and drainage and prevents nutrients from getting to your grassroots.
If you want to determine if you have compacted soil, look for the following signs:
- Spongy grass
- Pooling water, large puddles, or water runoff after a rainstorm
- Bare, thin, and patchy areas of grass
- Stunted growth of plants
- Bare dirt where nothing, not even weeds, will grow
A sure-fire way to determine if you have compacted soil is to try out what lawn experts call the screwdriver test. Take a screwdriver or other sharp object and jam it into your ground. If it comes out dry and does not easily penetrate, you probably have compacted soil.
What Can I do About My Compacted Soil?
There are several things you can do to help a lawn with compacted soil regain its root strength. One is called dethatching. Dethatching helps to break up thatch using a power rake that looks similar to a push behind mower. Instead of tearing the thatch out, the power rake uses knife blades to rip up the thatch build-up and bring it to the surface, where it can easily be removed. Another yet more effective solution for the long run is the process of aeration.
Lawn Aeration: What Is It?
Aeration is the process of creating holes throughout your lawn to redistribute your soil. This can be done through a specialized machine that extracts tiny plugs from your grass, through specialized boots or liquid aeration. Doing so allows for your lawn fertilizer, water, and air to flow back into the soil, loosening it up and allowing for better water drainage at the same time. There are many advantages to having aeration performed.
Listed below are just some of the most beneficial.
- Aeration helps to break down the thatch build-up that is blocking your roots from absorbing the essential water and nutrients
- It reduces soil compaction
- It helps to promote stronger roots
- Improves water and fertilizer intake
- Eliminates water runoff and puddling
- Improves your lawn’s resistance to drought
When Is the Best Time to Aerate Your Lawn?
Technically you can aerate your lawn any time during the growing season. While you can aerate in the spring, here in North Carolina, we recommend that you do so in the fall. This is because spring is the time when weeds are beginning to germinate. Performing aeration at this time is more likely to disperse the weeds throughout your lawn. At Impeccable Lawns, we provide aeration service as part of our seven-step lawn fertilization program and perform it during our fall pre and post-emergent application.
When it comes to lawn care, it’s often best to leave it in the hands of trained professionals. At Impeccable Lawns, we know lawns, and we especially know North Carolina lawns. Contact us today to find out more about our seven-step lawn fertilization program and the aeration process we include. Our program combines the right amount of nutrients, weed control, green-up, and fungicide to improve the look and health of your lawn. Give us a call at 910-575-5296 or contact us online now. Want to get to know us more intimately? Follow us on Facebook.