MonthApril 2015

Denver Aeration Tips

Aeration is generally used to combat soil compaction. For lawn care in Denver, this is especially important as soil is impacted by our climate and poor soil conditions. The rough and strange winters we have can be difficult on soil, either drying it out on the sunny days or over-watering it when it snows. In the end, winter damage effects soil compaction a great deal, and aeration is the perfect way to fix the damage done, especially as lawns here in Denver have difficulty recovering from their winter dormancy.

This means the best time for aeration is early spring, as your lawn moves out of winter dormancy and works towards rebuilding itself. Aeration is the process of excavating small holes in your lawn, allowing air and water to reach the roots of your grass and loosening up the soil, creating a healthier lawn. It is recommended one uses a lawn aeration service. However, the author can understand the desire to do things yourself. If you are looking to aerate your lawn yourself, there are a few things to remember.

First, you need to make sure you get the right tool. There are both spike and plug aerators on the market. You absolutely want to go with the plug aerator, as spike aerators can cause more damage to your lawn, increasing soil compaction rather than eliminating it. Once you have the right tool, make sure your lawn is damp before beginning. Dry lawns make for difficult aerating. It is ideal to begin aerating the day after it rains (which is rare here in Denver) or the day after watering your lawn. While aerating, make sure you go over your lawn a few times, as most aerators only cover a small portion of the lawn as you go by, and may need a couple passes to get the entire lawn. Following the aeration there will be excavated plugs of soil. It is best to let these dry and then flatten them out. The easiest way to do this is with your lawn mower next time you cut the grass.

Now that you’ve finished it is good to look at lawn fertilizers and treatment. With your lawn aerated, products like fertilizers and revive lawn treatment will have much better access to your grass’ roots, complimenting basic watering with rich minerals guaranteed to help your grass grow greener. While most think of only aerating lawns in the spring and fall, lawn care in Denver is quite different thanks to our dry climate and strong sun. A second aeration in mid-summer is a must to keep your lawn green and healthy all the way through fall.

Is Weed and Feed Killing my Lawn?

For years, I have been using Weed and Feed for lawncare fertilizer and weed control. I always thought it was a great way to reduce the amount of work to do in my yard, but I’ve recently found Weed and Feed is actually a terrible lawn treatment.

I have begun looking into eco-friendly lawn care techniques. While Weed and Feed is certainly cheap and easy, and cheap is my wife’s favorite word, it’s not really great for the environment. Maintaining organic lawns is practically impossible using Weed and Feed because of its extreme over-use of herbicides. It makes your lawn toxic. Its chemicals are linked to numerous health problems. I definitely don’t want my dogs walking around in that muck. Weed and Feed just fails to live up to going green and keeping up an eco-friendly lawn.

And it’s bad for your grass, too. Denver lawn care is my passion and I love my lawn, and God knows I don’t want to damage it, but unfortunately, using Weed and Feed, I have been for years. Weed and Feed kills off not just weeds but natural fungi and bacteria necessary to keep your lawn healthy. When it comes to weed control, there are just healthier ways to go about it.

Honestly, it may be best just to get out my weeding garden tools and pull them up myself. It’s hard work, but sometimes that’s what it takes to have a healthy lawn.

Talking prevention, having a well-watered and fertilized lawn is often enough to keep weeds away. A fertilized lawn keeps the space in the soil tight so that weeds cannot grow through. If you want to use product to keep your lawn healthy, I’ve recently discovered Revive grass treatments. Rather than coating your lawn with dangerous herbicides, the Revive treatment gives your grass minerals to help it grow lusher, once again pushing out weeds. It’s definitely something I’m looking into to keep a greener yard.

Basically, as a Denver lawn care enthusiast, I’m a bit embarrassed I did not realize how dangerous Weed and Feed is until now, but I will definitely be working to make my lawn healthier and more eco-friendly to make up for it. Does anyone have any good eco-tips for organic lawn care?

Easter Fertilizing

easter lawn care denverLawn care in Denver has been my dad’s passion since 1974. Every year, my dad has insisted on fertilizing the lawn four times a year. He kept track of this by fertilizing on four major holidays: Labor Day, Memorial Day, Halloween, and Easter. It is one of the best lawn care tips I know, and one I’ve tried to keep going at my own house. With Easter coming up this week (wow, this year flew by, didn’t it?), I’m getting ready to get out there and begin some spring fertilization. The best part about picking Easter is it really means I get my early spring fertilizing out of the way quickly.

Early spring fertilization is important, especially for lawn care in Denver, because as your grass recovers from winter lawn damage, an environment perfect for the intrusion of weeds is created. Fertilizing early increases soil quality, creating a denser soil that prevents weeds from growing. A weak area where grass has died or grown yellow allows weeds to breed. It is important to get these spots healthy as soon as possible in early spring. However, while it might be tantalizing to jump the gun, it is equally important that you fertilize while your lawn is actively growing, which means waiting until earl spring, making Easter the perfect signpost.

It is also important to remember that many grasses prefer cooler weather, and early spring fertilization will ensure they grow strong while it is still relatively cool out, so that they endure during the hot days of summer, this is especially important for lawn care in Denver with our incredibly intense sun, until they can begin growing in full in fall once more. Fertilizing every Easter, as I’ve learned from my father, is absolutely essential to having a beautiful lawn throughout the spring, summer, and even fall months. It is perhaps one of the most important early spring lawn care tips I know.

Does anyone else have any lawn care Denver tips for the spring?

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