Tuesday, August 9, 2011


Note: Drought Stressed Turf

Yes, my yard is brown too. This year was especially dry, combine that with long stretches of record high temperatures, and plant life is sure to suffer. Especially plants that are not suited for this weather and environment. This is always hard on the psyche of the proud gardener, but understand, this is part of working with living organisms. Unless you are prepared to provide an umbrella for shade during the hottest part of the day, constant water, and air conditioning for your yard when the mercury reaches beyond the ninety mark, learn to live with the fact your yard will be damaged.

Now that the cooler temperatures and rains return, we are bound to see that damage that resulted from our summer season. This is the time to start working on repairs and replacements. Its great to have an excuse to be outside when these pleasant temperatures return... You guessed it, it is time for my annual "Aeration before anything" blog. Yes, aerate now!

There is nothing that will make your lawn recover and speed repairs faster than a good aeration. Aeration is the process of spiking or removing plugs of soil from your turf. Spiking holes is much cheaper and easier of a process, but plugging or "core aeration" will be the most beneficial.

Note: Core Aeration where the core is actually removed, as opposed to spikes where the soil is just displaced.

Aeration will aid in many processes of your lawn. First, soils often become compacted, and removing soil will often aid in reducing compaction, giving roots room to grow. Aeration also provides easier penetration of water, air, and nutrients into the root systems. Perhaps more importantly, aeration will allow better seed germination when you have to make those repairs, and over-seed thin areas.

Now if for some reason, you are sick and tired of this annual job of repairing your summer damaged turf, stay tuned for my next Blog; Ever notice when your yard turns brown, all the natives in our forests and prairies thrive? Maybe the conventional "urban Lawn" will be phased out, or maybe it won't. In the mean time, feel free to message me... Are you sick and tired of your lawn? The constant mowing, watering, fertilizing, seeding, and so on? Or do you love your lush green manicured lawn and refuse to let it go?

Until next time, happy gardening!

1 comment:

  1. Dan, I can't wait for your next post. I'd love to hear your take on natives. Especially if you have any snappy comebacks for neighbors who do not appreciate my yard's "native" look.