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Lawn Aeration

Most people understand the need for water, weed control, and feeding for a thick green lawn, but aeration is something that should be added to this list to get months of benefits for your lawn.  Aeration removes thousands of soil cores from your lawn and deposits them above the thatch later.  The cores are about a half inch in diameter and 2-3 inches long.  The immediate benefits is that it creates tiny pockets in your lawn that catches and holds air, water, and fertilizer.  This process especially important in heavy soils that tend to be compacted and let water run off instead of being absorbed into the lawn. 

Here are some important points to remember:

Fall Seeding

Seeding is a key component to a thick green lawn.  It helps in all types of lawns.  If you have a thin lawn weeds can start easily and get rooted into your lawn, thin lawns should be seeded.  Heavy thatch can become so heavy that the primary root system is growing more in the thatch than in the soil below.  Shallow, thatch-rooted lawns are much more susceptible to drought damage.

If you want to do a fall seeding program you should remember the following points:

Moles

If your lawn has a considerable amount of mole damage you may want to consider treating them at the source.  Having the animal trapped can work, but it will be expensive.   However if you cut off the food supply they feed upon you can help eliminate them quickly.  The best practice is to treat for grubs, which is one of the key food sources of moles.  Not only will this help eliminate a mole problem, but will also get rid of the destructive grub, which can also damage your lawn.

Mowing

Remember that in the main months of summer you should cut your grass at about 3 inches in length.  This helps conserve water and nutrients in the soil and keeps your grass and turf from drying out so quickly in the hotter months.  Any watering that you perform will have a greater benefit because it is more protected from the sun.