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October 2015 - Lawn Aeration and Overseeding

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Is your lawn thin and weedy - Fall is a good time for Lawn Aeration and Overseeding

Lawns thin out for several reasons:

Drought stress and summer disease thins out the desirable species. Insects can kill or weaken the turf. After the turf grass is gone, weeds move in. The presence of a great number of weeds is a sign the turf grass is not thriving. Before you can make the lawn succeed, you need to find the cause for its decline. Weed growth is a result, not a cause. Killing the weeds will not cause the grass to grow. You must discover if the turf needs nutrients, water, and protection from pests, better drained soil, or whatever it lacks to grow a successful lawn. Bair’s will inspect your turf and recommend the steps you can take to start improving your lawn!

If your lawn is not all you want it to be, you may need to make it new again:

The first step is to determine if you have enough of the desired turf grass present to improve upon it or to just start over from scratch. If you do not have at least 30 percent cover of the grass you want, you should consider a total lawn renovation. If you have patches of the grass you want, the next step is to see why the grass isn’t growing in other places.

Shade is a problem that many of our customers face:

The lawn may have done well for years, but then you notice the grass is thinning out and weeds are invading. The problem is the trees have grown enough to shade the grass. An option is to cut the trees to allow light to penetrate or to shift to a more shade-tolerant grass. If tree removal or pruning is not an option, then growing grass may not be an option as well!

Another major reason turf does not thrive is soil compaction:

As we walk on, drive our vehicles across, mow with our riding lawn mowers, and have our children play games on our lawn, the large pores in the soil are destroyed. This slows the rate at which water and air move through the soil and acts as a barrier compacted layer, insert a knife or screwdriver blade into the soil. If significant resistance is felt, you probably have a compacted layer.

Many homeowners simply have “old” grass:

Old grass can be referred to as the original grass that the builder installed which usually is the cheapest brand available. Old grass can be the unimproved varieties from 10 – 15 years ago that have poor disease and insect resistance. If your lawn has never been reseeded, your grass will eventually thin and become “old”. Bair’s strongly recommends that your lawn is overseeded after aeration. By doing so, you are adding new improved turf grass varieties into your lawn that may have better drought resistance and will make your lawn “new “again.

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