Lawn Q & A

Question: When is the best time to aerate my lawn? Should I aerate my lawn in the spring?
Answer: Spring is not the ideal time to aerate, but circumstances may require it.

Spring aerating is usually discouraged because the aeration holes provide a perfect spot for weed seeds to germinate. Weeds seeds (especially crabgrass) are the first seeds to germinate in the spring, aerating the lawn just stirs them up and gives them an ideal home.

Late spring aerating may be beneficial if the thatch in the lawn is excessive (over 1"), the ground is extremely compacted, or there is excessively thin turf. Later in the spring is best, when weeds have established but before they flower and go to seed (around Memorial Day).

The best time to aerate is in the fall, when the temperatures have cooled off, the weed pressure is minimal, and grass is actively growing.

Aerating is primarily done to relieve compaction and reduce thatch. If spring overseeding is the goal, slice seeding can be done or seed can be sown and topdressed to provide adequate germination conditions.

Question: When should I fertilize my lawn?
Answer: The million dollar question for many people is "when to fertilize?" To answer this question, you should consider these four factors: climate, grass type, the fertilizer being used, and how you want your lawn to look. For those of us who want our lawn looking its best, then it's a good idea to fertilize your lawn 4-5 times a year. Conversely, even if you don't want a good looking lawn, you should at least fertilize twice a year for your grass's sake. As discussed in the section on grasses, there are two types of grasses: Warm-Season & Cool-Season. Each grass has its own growing season, therefore, each requires a different schedule for fertilizing. As a rule of thumb, it is best to apply fertilizers when your lawn is actively growing. If you fertilize with nitrogen while your lawn is dormant, you can encourage weed growth, and ultimately waste fertilizer.


Question: When is the best time to plant.
Answer: That all depends on what you are planting. If you are planting nursery stock that was raised in a greenhouse, then you must wait to plant when the soil temperature is above 55 degrees at night, any cooler and the plants will go into shock.
If you are planting bushes, trees and other stock grown out doors, its best to plant in early spring or late fall. We typically like to plant in late April while the plants are still dormant. This reduces the shock if planted in the heat of summer.
Flowers are planted after the last full moon in May but not before mothers day. Often we see frost in the last week of May.
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