We spend a lot of time outdoors here in Georgia. Our weather allows us to get a lot of use out of our backyard entertainment areas. We love seeing children, pets, and friends enjoying all the hard work and money we’ve put into our landscapes. But all that traffic and wear and tear can put a lot of stress on our grass. This is because over time the soil in our yard becomes compacted. Along with thatch build-up from years of accumulated grass clippings, soil compaction can prevent water, air, and fertilizer from getting to the roots of your turf.
Prolonged compaction can lead to dead patches of grass in your yard. You may not even be aware that the cause is from soil compaction and try to treat the area with fertilizers and fungicides to no avail. That’s because the thatch and the compacted soil aren’t allowing anything through.
The best way to solve this problem and attain a healthy lawn is with aeration. Core aeration is the method of using a machine to pull hundreds of tiny cores out of your yard. The holes left behind will allow fertilizers, water, and air back into the soil and help to break apart thatch so roots have room to grow.
A good sign that your lawn needs proper aeration is if you see pooling water after it rains or after you water your grass.
If your grass feels squishy underfoot then this is a sign that there is a thick layer of thatch under your grass.
Test how compacted your soil is by sticking a screwdriver into the sod. You’ll be able to tell instantly if your soil is compacted or not by how hard your soil is.
Overseeding is often done alongside core aeration to improve the lushness and strength of your lawn. Soil compaction can severely stress and thin your grass. This is an open invitation for pests and weeds to take over. Overseeding is the practice of establishing new grass and grass types in your yard to fill in thin patches and boost your lawn’s resistance to pests, diseases, and even drought.
It is important to know which type of grass you have growing in your yard before you overseed.
Overseeding with different grass types can have a variety of effects. Overseeding with cool-season grasses will help your grass stay green well into the cold months. Warm-season grasses will make sure your lawn doesn’t overheat in the hot Georgia sun and will make it more resistant to drought. Mixing these seeds in with your established turf can greatly boost the strength and thickness of your grass.
At Environmental Turf Management we provide core aeration and overseeding programs to fit your lawn’s needs. We can ensure that the job is done fast and right so you can enjoy a beautiful lawn, year-round. Call us at 770-466-0234 or drop us a message here.