Having a beautiful lawn doesn’t seem that hard. You water, you mow, and boom — there’s a lush green lawn. Right?
While it’s not rocket science, there is a little bit more to it than that. We sat down with ezhome lawn expert Abel Yanez for a few tricks of the trade to getting the thriving lawn you want (and that your neighbors will admire).
Q: I want a thick, lush, green lawn. How do I get that?
Abel: One of the keys to healthy grass is making sure it’s getting the nutrients it needs. Not everyone knows about aeration, but it’s probably what your lawn would ask for if it could.
Aeration uses a piece of special lawn-care equipment to put a series of tiny holes in the soil, allowing air, water and nutrients to get down into the roots where it’s needed. Aeration also breaks up thatch, which is a layer of dead and living grass that builds up just above the soil and further blocks nutrients.
If you want it to stay thick and looking great, you really have to aerate. Even if your lawn looks healthy, aeration at least once a year is a good idea, especially if you use overhead watering, like sprinklers, which can compact the soil over time. Learn more about aeration.
Not everyone knows about aeration, but it’s probably what your lawn would ask for if it could.
If you haven’t checked your irrigation system in a while, before aeration is a good time to do it. A check can make sure that there are no clogs, no wasted water, and that you’re watering in the right places. The ground will need a little water before it can be aerated, and any new seed that’s spread needs to be kept moist as it germinates.
Q: If aeration clears a path for nutrients, what should I then feed my lawn with?
Abel: Another step in good lawn care is the addition of gypsum and a layer of new seed. Gypsum is a soil conditioner that adds calcium, which helps the grass grow. It also helps adhere new seed to your lawn, preventing run-off.
I also recommend using a “weed and feed” treatment one month before applying new seed. We use one at ezhome that’s a high nitrogen fertilizer that also includes a broadleaf killer to eliminate dandelions and clover.
The addition of topdressing is also a good idea. Topdressing is a thin layer of topsoil that adds organic matter to nourish the grass. At ezhome, the topdressing we use is a humus product that’s made mostly from compost.
Q: Will the aeration and all these new nutrients help my grass to spring to life and fill in those bare patches?
Abel: The aeration and additions like gypsum, topdressing, and a “weed and feed” create the right conditions for a thick healthy lawn, but to fill it in completely, and especially to address any bare patches, you’re going to need more seed.
Overseeding is for lawns that need just a little boost. We add a thin layer of fresh seed spread out across your entire lawn to fill it in and even out gaps. ezhome uses a fescue blend that’s a mix of seeds that do well in both sun and shade.
If your lawn is more than 25% bare, or in very rough shape, you’ll need a more intensive reseeding to get the results you’re looking for. Also, a yard with a lot of weeds will need the weeds pulled before new grass can be seeded in its place. Otherwise the hardier weeds will take over, and your grass won’t have a fighting chance. Just remember, if your lawn has brown spots due to dog pee, make sure to let us know so we can assess the situation. The soil might need to be neutralized to balance the pH before any new seed can germinate.
Q:How long does all this take?
Abel: Lawn Restoration — aeration, overseeding or reseeding, gypsum, and topdressing — can happen all in the same day. Of course, you’ll have to wait a few weeks for the results. And note, we recommend at least a month between applying weed & feed and applying any new seed.
After your lawn is seeded, it needs to be left undisturbed until the new grass has a chance to put down roots. Keep kids, pets and all foot traffic off the lawn for at least two to three weeks while the seeds germinate. For best results, grass should be between one and two inches tall before it gets stepped on.
Or you can always get a sod installation if you want instant results.
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