Benefits of Fall Services

Printer-friendly versionHere are the benefits to have the fall services performed this season.

Core aeration can help make your lawn healthier and reduce its maintenance requirements through these means:
Improved air exchange between the soil and atmosphere.
Enhanced soil water uptake.
Improved fertilizer uptake and use.
Reduced water runoff and puddling.
Stronger turfgrass roots.
Reduced soil compaction.
Enhanced heat and drought stress tolerance.
Improved resiliency and cushioning.
Enhanced thatch breakdown.

Applying lime to the turf to make the soil less acidic.
Turf grasses do not grow well in highly acidic soils. Acid conditions in lawn soil can occur due to misuse of high nitrogen fertilizers; introduction of excessive amounts of organic soil conditioner, such as compost or peat moss, and by needles dropped from evergreen bushes and trees.You may have heard the terms “sweet soil” and “sour soil” before? Sour soil has too much acid in it, whereas sweet soils are overly alkaline. Extremes on either end are not favorable, however. Lime is NOT a fertilizer product, but more of a soil amendment or conditioner. Here’s what it helps with:* Corrects soil acidity (low pH)* Furnishes important plant nutrients-calcium and magnesium* Promotes availability and use of major plant nutrients and micro nutrients.* It increases bacterial activity in the soil which promotes more air exchange, thus aerating the root system. This benefit is often overlooked

Overseeding Keeps Lawn Thick And Weed-Free
Overseeding is one of the most important lawn care tasks, yet few homeowners ever do it. So, you ask, if I fertilize my lawn properly, why do I need to add new seed, especially if my grass looks pretty good right now? The answer is grass is not immortal. After five or six years, grass plants will slow down their reproduction rates; they get tired just like we do as we age. Thin grass invites weeds. Overseeding compensates for that natural slow down of the turf's reproduction. There are two major benefits to overseeding. First, you insure your lawn stays thick and dense, or if it has thinned, you will make it thick again. Thick grass has few if any weeds if it is mowed over 2 inches tall. The second benefit is disease resistance. The new varieties of seed you sow this year will have better disease resistance than those varieties already in your lawn.