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Aeration, Overseeding and Topdressing: Fall RX for a healthy Summer Lawn

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Aug 22, 2019

Three Fall Treatments for 2020 Lawn Health

With the approach of fall to the Omaha area, let’s look at summer’s negative impact on your lawn. Heavy rains, extreme temperatures, insects and turf disease are all abuses your lawn may have been subjected to during this past summer season.  Left untreated, the issues will resurface next year once the snow melts. What you do now, this fall, will determine how healthy and lush your lawn will be next year.

Paradise Lawns recommends a combination of Aeration, Overseeding and Topdressing with Compost every fall to address many common issues brought on by summer abuse. Let’s look at some distress signs and what you can do to ensure your yard is at its best next spring.

Aeration:

Aeration is the act of pulling plugs of soil out of the ground to allow air, nutrients and water to penetrate deep into your yard. The result is strengthened roots and a healthier lawn. Every yard will benefit from a yearly aeration treatment, but if you haven’t aerated regularly in the past, you may be experiencing the following symptoms of lawn compaction problems.

Hand holding soil plugs from aeration

When it rains, do you have areas of water runoff or sections where water puddles?

Water puddle in yard

Are there areas on your property where pets and people travel forming a path?

Do you have lines from bicycles or lawn mower tires?

Worn Path through Grass

Is your property a new build?

 

Construction Site building homes

All of the above are symptoms of soil compaction. Soil compaction leads to drainage issues and makes it difficult for grass to grow and thrive. You could impose a strict “Keep Off Lawn” rule, but isn’t the point of maintaining a lush lawn to be able to enjoy it? So, if enjoying your yard means compaction from contact, look instead at how to help your yard recover and thrive. The best way is through Fall Aeration. The holes created in your lawn during the aeration process removes soil and leaves open pockets in the soil. These openings reduce soil resistance, allowing grass roots to grow and spread. The result is a stronger, healthier root system.  Aeration also remedies water runoff and puddling by allowing water to drain more easily into the ground. The rainwater can now penetrate the ground. This creates a method of natural irrigation, saving you money on your water bill.

Do you have a thatch problem?

Another thing to consider when assessing your lawn is thatch thickness. ”Thatch is the spongy and often impervious layer of decaying material between the crown of the grass plants and the soil.” It is best to keep thatch thickness to less than ½ inch.  Aerating each fall will keep the thatch level from increasing. However, an excess thatch issue may require a treatment known as Double Aeration. Double Aeration (Dethatching) reduces the thatch layer. Once we achieve less than ½ inch of thatch thickness, you can return to yearly aeration practices to maintain the appropriate level. In the past, we used power raking to accomplish this but found it to be too expensive. Also, customers did not like the damage that power raking caused their lawn. With double aeration, we are causing less damage to the lawn and providing a similar dethatching result to power raking. Plus, we love that we can provide this service at almost half the cost of traditional power raking!

Image showing layers of grass, thatch and soilInfographic showing before and after aeration results

 

 

 

 

 

Overseeding:

Do you have bald spots in your yard where grass is sparse or absent?

Bald patch in yard

If your answer is “yes,” we recommend overseeding along with aeration. Overseeding is simply adding a large quantity of certified grass seed to your freshly aerated lawn at the rate of 2 pounds per 1,000 square feet. We use quality commercial spreaders to ensure consistency.

Overseeding introduces new cultivars of grass into your existing lawn. These new grass seeds are continually being improved to resist disease and insects. It also promotes improved drought tolerance. Seed specialists spend countless hours developing these super seeds to produce lusher, greener lawns in harsher conditions.

We recommend overseeding every fall to strengthen your lawn.   “One nice thing about seeding in the fall is you generally won’t have the weed competition like you do when seeding or overseeding in the spring.” The result is a strong and healthy lawn the following spring with fewer weeds.

Topdressing with Compost:

Ever notice uneven sections or bumps in your lawn?

uneven bumpy surface in yard

Topdressing with Compost is your best solution. Applying compost on top of your lawn reduces lawn stresses, helps keep thatch under control, and acts as a long-term natural fertilizer. It is the most beneficial cultural practice lawn care has to offer. Golf courses have applied it to their green spaces for years. In addition to a smoother surface, you are providing your lawn with an amazing source of nutrition. In addition, you are modifying any soil structure or drainage issues you may be experiencing.

Topdressing with Compost uses organic compost. It can be applied anytime but works especially well at the time of aeration and overseeding.

All Three Work Together:

Aeration, Overseeding and Topdressing with Compost treatments can be administered independently but work extremely well together. Aeration reduces compaction and keeps thatch in check. Overseeding after Aeration gives space for the seeds to expand and grow and Topdressing with Compost provides a layer of moisture protection and nutrients so your grass roots will grow strong and healthy. Left alone during the winter months, your lawn can return in the spring healthier and stronger.

So, call Paradise Lawns if your Omaha lawn is frazzled and tired from the abuses it has had to face this past summer and we will help it recover with Aeration, Overseeding and Topdressing with Compost this fall. Afterall, a great start to Spring 2020 begins with action taken Fall 2019.

Call  402-612-1527 today or click to complete the online inquiry form. We look forward to helping you with your lawn’s needs.

 

Tick Control: Tiny, Diseased Vampires. Protect Yourself.

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Jul 25, 2019
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Tick Control

One would be hard-pressed to find a tick enthusiast. Just the thought of them leave most people feeling anxious. This fear is with good reason since ticks are known transmitters of diseases. Depending on the type of tick and geographical location, diseases may include:   read more →

Now Gnat’s Annoying!

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Jul 11, 2019

Summer Swarm

You are enjoying a nice summer evening outside with family and friends. Suddenly, you are overcome with swarms of flying gnats. What you have encountered is called a male mating “cloud.” Basically, this is when male gnats fly in a cluster around dusk each night looking for love. Clearly you are not a female gnat, so why bother you? They are attracted to your body temperature, odor and sweat. Also, they tend to fly towards your eyes and mouth because they are drawn to the moisture. They ruin your fun, but placing bug zappers around your yard won’t help, since gnats are not attracted to light. read more →

Best of Omaha 2020

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Jul 9, 2019
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Help us win The Best of Omaha 2020 Lawn Care category – submit your vote today & enter to win $250!

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Weed Me Alone: How to keep weeds from bothering your lawn

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Jun 20, 2019
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Weed Control

The last thing you want to see in your yard this summer are weeds. In order to eradicate them successfully, you first need to understand what type you are dealing with and the best method of treatment. To help, we have outlined some common weeds found in the Omaha Metro area along with tips and information regarding how we can help you have weed control over your landscaping and lawn. read more →

Are You Letting Larvae Grub on Your Yard?

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Jun 6, 2019
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What are grubs, and are they bad for my Omaha lawn?

The definition of grub has two meanings. The first is “the larva of an insect, especially a beetle.” The second is a noun meaning “food.” This is interesting because grubs are an edible source of protein and fat. Described as tasting like chicken when roasted (really!), they are ranked #4 in backpacker.com’s list of edible insects! Whether you are adventurous and decide to add grubs to your diet or not, that is entirely up to you! Few in the Omaha metro area embrace grubs as a snack. They do, however, often come across grubs when planting gardens and working in their yards each summer. So today we will focus on the first definition, and talk about how these insects can wreak havoc on your lawn, and how to protect your lawn’s root system. read more →

Protect your family & pets all summer from dangerous insects!

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May 1, 2019
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Protect your family & pets (and your Omaha lawn!) all summer long from dangerous insects!

Fleas and ticks are insects that don’t seem to serve much purpose and can be harmful to your family and pets. Don’t let these parasites wreak havoc on your summer fun. Flea and tick prevention is available in the Omaha metro–let Paradise Lawns help! read more →

I treat my own lawn, so why do these weeds keep coming back?

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Apr 10, 2019
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An important Omaha lawn care question came up:

Hey, Dave!

Why is it that once I get rid of one type of weed, another one seems to pop up?

Melissa, Gretna

Well, Melissa, this is a great question that has a LOT of answers! read more →

Organic lawn care: what’s the big deal, anyway?

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Mar 25, 2019
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If you live in the Midwest, you know someone–or perhaps even your own family–who has been affected by the recent flooding. Outside of the devastation that it’s caused thousands of families and businesses, flooding can have a greater impact on nature because of common use of traditional pesticides. read more →

One thing that will make or break your lawn this season

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Mar 13, 2019
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One thing that will make or break your lawn this season

If you don’t start out on the right foot with your lawn care, you will be playing catch-up all season long. Crabgrass and foxtail start to rear their ugly little heads once spring starts to roll around, and if you don’t get a handle on them, your summer could be spent in the yard instead of on vacation! So what’s that one thing that will make or break your lawn this season? read more →