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If you haven’t already, there’s still time to have your lawn aerated before the cold weather arrives. As I’ve mentioned before, this summer really took its toll on the grass, especially here in Hunterdon County. Aerating is the proactive way to bring that dormant lawn back to life come next growing season. Here are a few reasons why it’s so beneficial:

  • Aerating your lawn works to oxygenate its root system. Your lawn or landscaping professional uses a special, aerating machine which pokes holes into the top surface of your soil to get the air beneath circulating. This process wakes up your grass and increases ceullular activity beneath.
  • Aerating increases your lawn’s ability to soak up moisture. Tightly compacted soil makes it difficult for your lawn to absorb water, even if you’re using the sprinkler on it every day.  When you aerate, you loosen up the top layer of soil so that water can sink into the roots and be absorbed more readily.
  • Aerating your lawn twice per year (spring and fall) can significantly reduce your water bill! A tightly compacted lawn results in increased runoff and wasted water and resources. However, a lawn that’s been aerating soaks up every thirst-quenching drop. You want the water that you apply to do its job – make your lawn thick, green, healthy and beautiful.
  • Aeration helps thatch break down more readily. This is because the ground becomes compacted over time and it’s increasingly difficult for water and nutrients to reach the roots of your grass. A thatched lawn will turn yellowish-brown and become thin and brittle, ultimately dying. Aeration halts this process, causing your lawn to thrive once again.
  • Aerating gets to the root of the problem. When you first aerate, you may think that your yard looks something of a mess, with dirt plugs everywhere and your lawn appearing in the same condition as before. But within a few days, the newly exposed roots and earth will soak up needed water and nutrients, causing your lawn to put down strong roots that go deep.

Have your lawn aerated before the end of the season.

It’s not too late to call for an aeration quote! Contact 908-783-5733 and ask for Mike Hyde. Or, email us at mikehyde@4seasonslawns.com.

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edge

Remove existing landscaping. Remove excess mulch. Dig a fresh edge along walkway.

holes

Dig holes for new shrubs, and cover the whole bed with landscaping fabric. Then cut the fabric away to reveal the holes beneath.

Make a mud-hole! Partially fill the hole with a combination of native topsoil and compost. Soak and mix with shovel until it has the consistency of mixed concrete.

Install shrubs and cover beds with 4″ of root or hardwood mulch.

Voila!

Do you live in Hunterdon County, NJ and need a basic landscaping install? Call 4 Seasons Lawn Care at 908 783 5733. Ask for Mike Hyde! Or, email mikehyde@4seasonslawns.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Hello to all readers and fans of the 4 Seasons Lawn Care blog! Just wanted to post a little “next up” on your lawn care calendar. Just because summer is nearly over doesn’t mean you can stop paying attention to your grass. A lush, green lawn requires regular maintenance, even at the end of the season.

As the hottest summer on record, June, July and August were brutal on your lawn. With no extended rainfalls, most of the grass in Hunterdon County went dormant and the weeds and crab grass took over. Since grass and weeds are always competing, this will likely impact your lawn next spring, and not in a good way. That is, unless you take the proper steps to ensure that your field of green makes a comeback. 4 Seasons Lawn Care can help!

This fall, simply overseeding will not be enough to turn the tide. A 4-step process is needed to re-establish grass in our yards.

1.  Aerate. This process involves pulling small plugs of soil from the yard. This loosens the top layer of soil and allows better penetration of water and nutrients to your grass’s root system.

2.  Dethatch. Once you’ve aerated, you’ll want to rake up the lawn using a heavy duty rake. This further roughs up the soil to allow for better growth of new grass.

3.  Overseed. This involves adding a covering of grass seed to an existing lawn.

4.  Add a starter fertilizer. High phosphorus fertilizer will help the newly planted grass to grow and develop strong roots.

Then….

Next spring, follow up with a weed preventer / fertilizer in the early spring. This prevents weeds from germinating on the lawn. Apply 2 weed and feed applications (late spring and early summer). These simultaneously feed the grass and kill the weeds.

To summarize: regrow grass in the fall. Then in the spring you should prevent weeds, and kill off whatever does germinate. This will give your grass what it needs to once again outnumber the weeds on your lawn and eventually crowd them out.

Lawns that are more than 50% weeds will not improve on their own. Some intervening steps are needed to get the grass back into shape.

Call 4 Seasons Lawn Care at 908 783 5733 for help. Ask for Mike Hyde! Or, email mikehyde@4seasonslawns.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

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