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Local Lawns Gear Up For Fall Growth

Fall September 23, 2015.

Autumnal Equinox.

Today the northern hemisphere and the southern hemisphere get the same amount of sunlight.

The only difference is here in New Jersey, our days start to get shorter.

If you received a copy our 2015 lawn care report, you already know about lawns in the fall.

Cool Season Grasses Thrive In The Fall

Where we live we have cool season grasses.

Cool season grasses grow best in the spring and the fall.

We recommend aerating your lawn in the fall to make room for extra growth. If you have damaged grass from the heat of the summer, the fall is the best time to seed damaged areas.

seed around patio

Proper care for your lawn during the fall season will allow roots to grow stronger and your lawn to be healthier in preparation for winter.

Aerate Lawn

The Fall season coming up is a critical time of year for your lawn … especially in our area.

Native plants such as ours, like Kentucky bluegrass and perennial ryegrass are cool season grasses — meaning they grow best in the spring and the fall.

With fall around the corner,
now is actually the perfect time to prepare for the fall’s high growth season.

Aeration is a way we prepare lawns for the fall. It involves perforating the soil which creates small holes to allow air, water and nutrients to penetrate the grass.

Aerating the lawn let’s the roots grow deeper and your grass becomes stronger.
This time of year has been especially nice … it really is the perfect time to aerate.

D’Agosto Landscaping will begin aerating lawns this week and next week,
preparing lawns to let the grass grow.

Aeration Tips

– Make sure you are using a Plug Aerator which actually removes a plug or core of grass and soil from your lawn.

You do not have to clean up the plugs after you aerate. Let the plugs dry and break down, (use a lawn mower or rake) to let the nutrients back into the soil.

– Make sure the soil is moist enough for aeration. Wait for the day after a rain shower, or water your lawn the day before.

– Continue basic lawn care practices after aeration such as fertilizing, mowing and watering.

Aeration is extremely beneficial to your lawn care regime. If you need help preparing your lawn this year, or have any questions — call our office so we can talk about your lawn before the fall.

Thatching A Lawn

Thatch is a loose tangle of material that develops between the green vegetation of your grass, and the soil.

Thatch can be made up of organic materials e.g. dead grass, leaves, roots, stems and other composites that have yet to break down naturally.

When you ‘thatch your lawn,’ you remove the deposits of dead material that prevent roots from receiving oxygen, water, and food. Too much thatch in your lawn can also become a breading ground for diseases and insects.

Below is a video we found that does a pretty decent job showing you a layer of thatch.

All lawns maintained by D’Agosto Landscaping are thatched in the early the spring, so make sure to take advantage of our spring discounts!