How can I recover my lawn?
This can be achieved using a garden fork pushed into the surface to a depth of 10-15cm (4-6inches) at frequent intervals. Alternatively you can use a lawn aerating tool or spiker. Traditionally a lawn dressing (fine sifted soil and sand) is applied after spiking.
What is dethatching a lawn?
Dethatching is an efficient method of removing excess thatch (the layer of debris, dead grass, and other organic matter that lies in between grass blades and the soil’s surface) from your lawn so that nutrients, air, and water can reach the soil. Basically, dethatching is a powerful, deep lawn raking.
What is aerating a lawn?
Core aeration is a mechanical process, which extracts cores of soil, thatch and grass from the surface of the lawn to increase nutrient availability, water penetration, soil air exchange and reduce compaction. This improves the effectiveness of your TruGreen services and ongoing watering, leading to a healthier lawn.
What do Dethatchers do?
A dethatching machine has blades that cut through and remove thatch to the soil surface. Those with knives or blades are preferred over those that use rake-like tines. Rent a dethatcher from a big-box store or equipment rental company.
Does dead grass grow back?
Dead grass isn’t coming back, so you’ll need to take steps to regrow your lawn. You can replace the grass by seeding or sodding — or installing a new type of landscaping material such as mulch, rocks or groundcover.
What does overseeding mean?
Overseeding is the planting of grass seed directly into existing turf, without tearing up the turf, or the soil. It’s an easy way to fill in bare spots, improve the density of turf, establish improved grass varieties and enhance your lawn’s color.
Do I need to mow before aerating?
Before you aerate, mow your lawn low (Timberline lawn experts recommend setting your mower to about 1.5-2 inches above the ground to maximize the effectiveness of aerating, being sure to not scalp the crown of the grass.) You will want to water one to three days before aerating.
Is it better to aerate or dethatch?
It is best to dethatch first before aerating your lawn. Aerating is best done when there’s the problem of compaction. Both dethatching and aerating your lawn will improve air, nutrient, and water penetration into the root zone of your grass.
Will watering brown grass make it green?
Wait out drought—or water properly. It’s natural for grass to go dormant to conserve water during periods of limited rainfall, and drought-induced brown grass should turn green on its own as the weather cools and rainfall increases. Remember to water early in the day, before the sun’s heat burns off the water.