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Spring is the time to schedule your lawn for thatching, general clean-up or even aeration and rolling if you weren't able to get to it over the last year or two. Proper planning is key to ensuring a strong and healthy lawn. By taking a few steps in the early spring, you can ensure your lawn stays healthy and survives beautifully over the long, hot summer months ahead.
Aeration is ideally performed in the late fall but March and early April are the next best times to breathe some life into your lawn before the growing season sets in. Thatching and/or aerating your lawn will help air, water, and fertilizer to penetrate deep into the soil to the grass roots, ensuring more vigorous sprouting and an overall healthier lawn.
Thatching is a process that helps thin the dead grass and lift up the turf in your yard which is matted and compressed from the weight of last winter's snow and ice.
Fall fertilization promotes healthy lawns with deep roots. A lawn fertilization program should begin in early October, not early May. Spring applications can actually harm lawns by promoting more top (leaf) growth than root growth. Shallow root systems are unable to sustain lawns through a drought or a harsh winter. Fall fertilizer applications, however, promote deep, healthy root systems and hardy lawns.
In general, trees and shrubs should be fertilized when they are dormant, in late fall or early spring. Fertilizing in early fall stimulates growth that might be killed in winter, providing an entrance for insects and disease organisms. Similarly, fertilizing in late spring stimulates growth that depletes stored food supplies and weakens the plant. Aeration should ideally be performed in the late fall as it helps air, water, and fertilizer penetrate deep into the soil to the grass roots, ensuring more vigorous sprouting and an overall healthier lawn next year.