After the heat and drought stress during July weather when lawns struggle to grow in 90 degree heat, the cooler weather in late summer offers the turf plant a chance to recover and get ready for next Spring. Mid-August to mid-September is the best time of year to improve your lawn with slice seeding and lawn renovation. The nights are cool, but the sunny days keep the soil warm, usually allowing seed to germinate in one week. The thunder storm season will have past and the rains are gentler, causing less erosion problems. There will be less competition from weeds and crabgrass, which are not germinating as aggressively as they do in the Spring and will have less time to establish themselves before the first frost arrives. And most importantly the young turf plants will have the Fall and Spring growing seasons in which to mature and develop a strong root system, before tackling the heat of next summer.
The easiest way to nurture your is with a Soil Test to determine pH or lime requirements. Since pH effects the availability of nutrients in the soil it is important to maintain the pH in the 6.0 to 7.0 range just below neutral. The organic matter content of the soil should be around 10% and getting a stronger root system is the best way to increase organic material in the soil. Sunshine Landscaping has been using Biostimulants and Liquid AERIFY! to accomplish these goals. The basic premise is that by adding Humic Acid to the soil a snowball effect occurs were the soil improves, the microbiology of the soil improves and decomposes the dead roots, which aerates the living soil, allowing roots to grow better and eventually adding more organic matter to the soil. Mechanical methods are also popular, de-thatching and core aerating lawns and the soil can help enhance the process, by removing plugs for the soil.
We start with a Soil Test and Lawn Analysis to prioritize aeration, seeding, lime and soil Amendment treatments. Call the office for the best solutions and management practices to help your lawn recover and look its best.
The Benefits of Overseeding
Many older lawns were established with common type turf grasses not suited for the needs of today’s homeowner. They’re often more disease and insect prone, requiring more fertilizer and water.
Overseeding newer turfgrass varieties into an older lawn can help it better withstand insects, disease, drought, shady conditions and heavy traffic. The investment in overseeding pays off by reducing the amount of fertilizer, water and pesticides required. Most importantly, a renovated lawn stays greener and looks thicker and healthier!