All Posts   Posted:   February 23, 2015

Lawns provide multiple benefits to the environment. Lawns create oxygen, trap dust and pollution from the atmosphere, serve as natural air conditioners, control soil erosion and filter runoff. On a more tangible level, they increase the visual appeal of our homes, provide sound proofing, and give us a space to play and entertain.

What thrives most of the year can take a big hit in the winter as the weather conspires against our lawns. A combination of wet, soggy weather, sporadic freezes, lawn diseases and insects, and a dearth of sunlight can lead to thin, muddy patches in what was once a thick carpet of turf grass.

While we need to let winter complete its course, there are a number of things we can do to improve the health of your lawns and promote vigor:

  • Aeration removes soil cores, which reduces compaction, helping improve air circulation to the root zone, promotes healthy root growth, enhances water uptake and improves fertilizer uptake. But the soil needs to dry out before this aeration can happen.
  • Overseeding thin areas helps the turf fill in more quickly with desirable varieties of turf, but soil temperatures are not warm enough for proper germination until mid-April.
  • Lawn Renovations may be in order, including thatching, introducing new soil amendments, and adding drainage. Sometimes thinning of trees, or converting some shady areas from thin turf to shade loving ground covers may be the best solution to a perennial lawn problem.

Contact us or your Dennis’ 7 Dees maintenance account manager, to review the condition of your lawns now, and to develop a strategy to tackle your lawn needs when the weather and soil temperatures are ready.

Lawns provide multiple benefits to the environment. Lawns create oxygen, trap dust and pollution from the atmosphere, serve as natural air conditioners, control soil erosion and filter runoff. On a more tangible level, they increase the visual appeal of our homes, provide sound proofing, and give us a space to play and entertain.

What thrives most of the year can take a big hit in the winter as the weather conspires against our lawns. A combination of wet, soggy weather, sporadic freezes, lawn diseases and insects, and a dearth of sunlight can lead to thin, muddy patches in what was once a thick carpet of turf grass.

While we need to let winter complete its course, there are a number of things we can do to improve the health of your lawns and promote vigor:

  • Aeration removes soil cores, which reduces compaction, helping improve air circulation to the root zone, promotes healthy root growth, enhances water uptake and improves fertilizer uptake. But the soil needs to dry out before this aeration can happen.
  • Overseeding thin areas helps the turf fill in more quickly with desirable varieties of turf, but soil temperatures are not warm enough for proper germination until mid-April.
  • Lawn Renovations may be in order, including thatching, introducing new soil amendments, and adding drainage. Sometimes thinning of trees, or converting some shady areas from thin turf to shade loving ground covers may be the best solution to a perennial lawn problem.

Contact us or your Dennis’ 7 Dees maintenance account manager, to review the condition of your lawns now, and to develop a strategy to tackle your lawn needs when the weather and soil temperatures are ready.