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Keep your lawn in tip-top shape throughout the seasons with these special tips.
Steps To Proper Lawn Renovation
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  • Core aerate

  • Adjust soil pH if necessary (a quick visual test is to see if moss is present or if the grass is very thin and bumpy)

  • Over seed with a combination of grasses suitable for your area.

  • Fertilize with Organic Fertilizer.

  • Topdressing with compost.

Did You Know?
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Most soils are so compacted that grass roots can only grow a few inches deep and that soils that are in proper condition will have roots growing as deep as 10".

Aeration
Many lawns have compacted soil, which restricts water and air movement through the soil. Annual core aeration removes plugs to break through compacted soil to prevent thatch layers from growing and choking out the lawn. Aeration is one of the best "extras" you can do to maintain high quality, healthy turf.

Benefits of Aeration
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  • Helping roots penetrate deeper into the soil.

  • Opening compact soil allowing more water and oxygen to get to plant roots.

  • Making fertilization more efficient.

  • Speeding thatch decomposition.

Spring Fertilization
Getting your lawn off to a good start requires an early spring fertilization, unless you used a slow release organic fertilizer late last fall.

Why?
Your lawn is just waking up. The weeds usually get started at the same time or sooner. The goal from early spring fertilization is to get your lawn thick and tall as fast as possible. This will help to crowd out many weeds making weed control applications less necessary.

3-Step Spring Fertilization
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  1. Lightly rake debris off lawn.  Along the street/driveway/sidewalk you need to use a shop broom to get the salt and sand off of your lawn. This area will commonly be overrun with crabgrass if not properly prepared early in the spring.

  2. Over seeding now will thicken in bare areas that died or have snow mold Fertilize with an organic fertilizer that will not damage new seed.

  3. Get excessive weeds under control now and plan for the future, i.e. crabgrass prevention.



Mow at no less than 2 1/2 to 3 from summer through early fall. The taller lawn will help with reducing weed growth.

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