Certain grasses grow well in the shade but cannot handle full sun. Others need full sun to flourish. We use the right blends for the appropriate areas. Only the most highly rated, certified seed varieties are used in our blends. Most landscapers feel that spending more money for top quality seed is not worth it, but we know it is. With the better quality seed, there is less replacement cost and further savings which will reduce the use of pesticides. Most importantly, the better seed enhances the overall appearance and color of your lawn.
Compacted soil can lead to poor root development and will leave your turf susceptible to disease. Core aeration pulls plugs of soil from below the grass. This alleviates the compaction problem and reduces thatch. The added space provides room for the roots to grow. It also allows oxygen to get into the soil and water and fertilizer to get to the roots. Aeration has also been shown to reduce the incidence and severity of diseases.
Thatch is the layer of tightly intermingled plant tissue that forms at the base of the grass plant. It can be beneficial because it improves turf resiliency and wear tolerance. However, problems arise if the layer becomes ¾ of an inch or more. Too much thatch can cause drought stress and an increased susceptibility to insects and disease. While aeration aids in thatch reduction, certain grasses produce enough thatch to demand further attention.
For the cool season grass varieties are prevalent in this area, dethatching can be done in the spring or the fall.