It’s that time of year to prepare your lawn for a New Green Spring! 

A perfect yard is not as easy as it looks.  That’s why Waco relies on Travis Clark’s Lawns of Texas to walk you through the steps, and help you reach the results you are looking for, without wasting valuable time and money.

The perfect yard is not the impossible feat that some companies may lead you to believe.  The secret is easy, follow the steps you may be familiar with, but in the proper order.  Most property owners do not follow the correct order, or completely miss a step altogether.  While the property owner may think they are saving money by skipping a step, they are actually wasting money and not maximizing the full potential of their work.

Over the next few months, we are going to walk you through this process step by step.  When you follow this process correctly, you will have the yard of the neighborhood that everyone envies.  During any step in the process, if you decide this is too much work, or you do not want to waste important family time to do this, give Lawns of Texas s a call.  We will assist you any way we can or take over from the point you left off.

Here are the 4 simple steps we are going to cover over the next 3 months:

Steps to an irresistible yard

  1. Aeration
  2. Fertilization
  3. Irrigation
  4. Proper Maintenance

In this post, we are going to tackle Step 1, Aeration.

These are the key benefits to Aeration:
Benefits of Core Aeration
-Improve the air exchange between the soil and atmosphere
-Reduce soil compaction
-Reduce thatch breakdown
-Improve necessary water intake to roots of turf
-Maximize the absorption of fertilizer and weed control
-Build a stronger turf grass root system

What is Core Aeration?

Core Aeration is the mechanical process of removing 2-4” plugs from the ground.  This will not only allow more oxygen to the root system, it removes soil and thatch, helps reduce soil compaction and provides a more desirable absorption of water and fertilizer to the roots of your turf.

How often should I aerate my lawn?
Typically, lawn aeration should be practiced once a year, varying on the type of soil and level of compaction.  Newly constructed homes usually require aeration twice a year.  This is due to the contractor removing the loose top soil from the construction sight prior to building.  Contractors remove the top soil to expose the hard clay for the foundation and support structures.  Unfortunately, not every contractor replaces the important top soil after construction and before sod is installed.  The property owner will notice uneven settling in the yard.  After they fertilize once or multiple times, they notice that the yard is not any healthier and the turf does not become full and plush.  The reason for this is simple, poor soil (clay).  Roots are unable to penetrate the soil where they need to grow, water is not able to properly absorb into the soil, therefore staying on the surface.  Any fertilizer that is applied, typically stays on the surface and is washed away with ground water.  Normally, multiple aeration’s can help this issue, but the best solution is a combination of aeration followed by a 1”-2” spread of nutrient rich top soil.

What is thatch buildup?

Thatch is comprised of dead organic plant material, which may consist of cut blades of grass and decomposing leaves. Typically, 1/2” or less of thatch is good for the turf.  When thatch becomes thicker than 1/2”, problems arise.  The root systems will suffer from lack of air.  The thatch will hold unnecessary moisture while decomposing, creating mold and fungus, reducing the health of the turf and making it susceptible to fungus and disease.  This issue may clear up with lack of rain, however will continue to return until the thatch is removed.

What is the necessary water intake for my yard?

Necessary water intake is not as simple as just spraying water on your yard.  The goal is to have the water absorb into the soil deep enough for the roots to grown downward.  Deep roots are the key to a healthy turf.  Aeration allows the water to penetrate 2”-3” deep enough for the roots of turf to grow.  Fertilization should be applied after aeration to allow the nutrients to penetrate into the soil and stay there for a month or two, stimulating proper root grown.

If this seems like too much information, don’t worry, contact us and we help you through the process.  Call the number below for more information or go online for a free quote and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on our drawings, specials and promotions.

Travis Clark’s Lawns of Texas, LLC
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