Keep your lawn healthy in 3 steps

Homeowners hire us because they want a nice looking, healthy lawn. We work hard to achieve this for our clients and take pride when a healthy, green, lush lawn results. After a season or two, it is common to have clients ask if it is really necessary to schedule yearly lawn maintenance every year. Their lawn looks great so is it truly important to schedule aeration, overseeding and topdressing with compost every single Fall?. Although this question is understandable, we encourage everyone to keep a yearly schedule to avoid future problems. Much like your regular dentist visits, diligence helps your lawn stay healthy and resistant to problems. We don’t want to see a homeowner skip a couple years and get the call for help asking “how do I get my lawn looking good again?” We promise making the call for aeration, overseeding and topdressing with compost will be more enjoyable than a trip to your dentist and your lawn will thank you. Still uncertain? Let’s look at three easy steps to get the best lawn year after year.  

maintain a healthy lawn

Just like a visit to the dentist, a healthy lawn needs regular care.

Keep your lawn healthy through Aeration

If you (or any other person or animal) walk on your lawn, you are compacting your soil with each step. Since you can’t keep people off your lawn or stop mowing entirely the best solution is yearly aeration. By removing plugs of dirt you give the existing grass a great place to spread their roots. The holes that are created in your lawn provide no resistance for the grass roots to grow into and spread. The result is a stronger and healthier root system. What you will notice over time is a lawn that is lush, green, and healthy. 

Even if your lawn is seldom used, Nebraska soil is made up of a compacted clay soil. This alone makes it necessary to aerate regularly. Another consideration is thatch. Lawns with thick thatch levels have restricted air, water, and nutrients at the grass root zone. Without these, your lawn won’t get the proper nutrients or basic living requirements to be healthy. In basic terms your lawn will not be as lush or green. Through aeration, the microbes present in the soil are deposited on top of the lawn in each plug that is removed. The microbes will naturally break down the thatch layer and keep it at a manageable level, ensuring a green and healthy lawn. .

Aerating also helps with runoff and puddling problems. It allows water to drain more easily into the ground. Less compaction in your lawn will keep puddles from forming as easily as they once did. It will also reduce the amount of water runoff. When the water is allowed to penetrate the ground more efficiently, the rain will be absorbed instead of overflowing. The result is a nice, healthy lawn and the potential for lower water bills.

How to achieve a healthy lawn

We don’t have the cure for baldness but can help thinning lawns with yearly overseeding.

Keep your lawn healthy through Overseeding 

By age 50, approximately 85 percent of men will have significantly thinner hair. With age, the grass in your lawn can thin too. As older grass blades mature and eventually die off, you may notice that where your lawn was once thick and plush, it is now a bit patchy and thin in places. If this sounds familiar, know that you can do something to help your lawn (we don’t have answers for your hair, sorry). Overseeding is the way to go. By introducing new grass seed into your existing lawn every year, your lawn can continue to look good year after year.   

In addition, these new grass seeds are continually being improved to resist disease, insects, and improve drought tolerance. Seed specialists spend countless hours developing these super seeds to produce lusher, greener lawns in harsher conditions.

We only use certified grass seed in our applications. This means that the grass seed has been quality tested and the content is correct. If the label indicates the seed is 99% pure and free of weed seeds, that is what you will get. You will not get this with store bought seed. 

When you have your lawn overseeded, our lawn specialists spread the seed uniformly across the lawn at a rate of 2 pounds of grass seed per 1,000 square feet. This will help to thicken the lawn and fill in bare spots resulting in a healthy, vibrant lawn..With regular overseeding you get a healthy, lush lawn. Wouldn’t it be nice if male pattern baldness had such a simple solution? 

Achieve a healthy lawn

Topdressing with compost gives your lawn the nutrients it needs to stay healthy.

Keep your lawn healthy through Topdressing with Compost 

Most likely your mother (and your doctor) taught you from childhood that it is important to eat your fruits and vegetables because nutrients are vital for human growth and development. As we mature, good nutrition remains crucial to maintain good health. Nutrition is important for your lawn too. Your lawn is a living thing and in need of proper nutrition to prosper.. The University of Maryland’s Extension office states nutrient deficiencies can result in “an all-over or mottled pale green to golden yellow color in established lawns may be the result of iron or nitrogen deficiency. Lawns with severe deficiencies may exhibit chlorosis, (yellow streaks form parallel to leaf veins). Long-term nutrient deficiencies result in overall thinning and decline of the lawn.”

The best way to ensure your lawn has the nutrients it needs is with yearly topdressing with compost. Topdressing can improve soil biology by adding organic matter and the beneficial microorganisms of compost. Soil structure and drainage can be modified by topdressing and encourages a dense, lush lawn. Topdressing reduces lawn stresses, helps keep thatch under control, and acts as a long-term natural fertilizer. Adding organic matter to a lawn by topdressing with compost is the most beneficial cultural practice lawn care has to offer.

Topdressing with our organic compost works especially well when combined with aeration and overseeding. The topdressing helps with seed germination and holds moisture in for the new seedlings. By adding in a thin layer of organic compost in the fall to your aeration and overseeding you will reap optimum results. 

healthy lawn

Just like exercising, it’s important to maintain to avoid future decline.

But my lawn already looks great

If your lawn looks fantastic, we are extremely happy for you. It takes a lot of work to achieve a beautiful, healthy lawn. Don’t let it slip away by skipping regular maintenance. Regular services every year keep your property beautiful, lush, green year after year.  

Much like working out, if you eat right and work out regularly you can maintain your ideal weight. Once you neglect regular maintenance (working out and eating right) you experience a slow decline that is almost unnoticeable at first. By the time the reality of neglect becomes apparent, you have to put in more effort to get back in shape. It is easier and less exhausting in the long run to work towards your goals and then maintain.  

Your lawn works much the same way. Regular attention and maintenance go a long way to keeping your lawn looking good year after year. Call Paradise Lawns at 402-612-1527 or click here to schedule your fall aeration, overseeding and topdressing with compost so you can reap the benefits next Spring of a healthy, lush and well cared for lawn. You will also have peace of mind knowing that your lawn is getting the care it needs to stay the best lawn.