Do You Have to Overseed After Aeration?

Aeration and overseeding are often spoken about hand-in-hand — so much so that there tends to be a question of whether you can have one without the other. The verdict is that the two lawn care tasks should be paired together, as aeration innately complements overseeding efforts.

The best place to start this conversation is with the importance of grass seed germination rate.

The Higher The Grass Seed Germination Rate, The Better

Ideally, every grass seed spread across a lawn will sprout and grow. The reality is not all seeds will germinate, perhaps because of extreme heat, a lack of rain or other environmental conditions.

The ratio between the number of grass seeds planted and the number that grow is referred to as the germination rate. For instance, if you planted 100 grass seeds and only 80 sprouted, the germination rate would be 80%.

While the average germination rate for many grass varieties falls within the 80% range, a range between 90%-95% is preferable. Lawn aeration can help move the needle in the right direction.

Lawn Aeration Sets the Optimal Foundation for Overseeding

When a lawn is freshly aerated — with plugs of soil removed from the turf — the same tiny holes that allow water, air and nutrients to circulate also provide nests for grass seeds. In combination with the increased level of contact with the soil, these so-called hiding spots create an ideal, protected space where grass seeds can germinate. This makes overseeding far more effective in clearing up bare patches, or simply evening out lawns.

While lawn aeration can take place in either the early spring or early fall (we recommend applications during both seasons), overseeding is best paired with the fall application. Between warm soil temperatures and cooler air temperatures, this is the time of the year when conditions are most favorable for seed germination.

Pairing Lawn Aeration with Other Lawn Care Best Practices

As we highlight the positive impact lawn aeration can have on grass seed germination rate, it’s also worth noting how other lawn care measures can support these efforts.

Remove Debris

Whether it’s leaves, rocks or even clumps of dead grass, any type of debris on top of turf will act as a natural barrier between grass seed and soil. Clearing out these elements will enhance the contact between the grass seed and the soil and subsequently deliver better seeding results. This same rule of thumb also applies to clumps of dead grass, which can actually weaken the grass seeds planted around it.

Keep Grass Seed Moist

All grass seeds require a certain degree of moisture to germinate. To sustain inviting conditions for seeds, water your lawn (and allow it to dry) before you plant seeds and then continue to lightly water the soil so that the top few inches remain moist, but not oversaturated. As the new grass plants become established, they will subsequently require less water.

Contact Lush Lawn for Your Aerating & Overseeding Needs

Lush Lawn is in the business of helping keep lawns green and beautiful. That’s why our list of lawn care services includes a fall lawn and restoration package that takes care of aerating and seeding, among other lawn maintenance tasks. The combination of these elements ensures you get the most from your investment and see the health of your lawn improve well into the future.

Ready to take the next step? Request a free quote from Lush Lawn today, and take advantage of our discounted rate!

What Does Aerating a Lawn Do?

While admiring the lush nature of a neighbor’s lawn, it’s natural to inquire about what they do to keep the space in tip-top shape. One of the responses you’ll often hear is “I aerate my lawn.”

This may draw a correlation between lawn aeration and a healthy, thick lawn, but what it doesn’t tell you is exactly how this lawn care technique helps achieve these results. With this in mind, we wanted to answer the question for homeowners: What does aerating a lawn do?

The Art & Science of Lawn Aeration

While there are a few different methods that can be used to aerate a lawn — with core aeration being the optimal route — the approach is relatively the same: a machine perforates tiny holes into the soil, allowing air, nutrients and water to reach grass roots and help them grow deeply.

The need for lawn aeration is driven by compacted soil. Due to mechanical stresses like heavy traffic or regular mowing (among other factors), soil particles can be pushed closer together, which in turn decreases the density of the soil and limits its pore space. This ultimately leaves little room for water filtration and air movement within the soil, negatively affecting lawn health.

Best performed in spring or fall (or better yet, both seasons), lawn aeration essentially loosens the soil to restore the breathing room it requires. Newly opened spaces in the soil allow nutrients to reach grass roots — and as these roots become healthier, plants have the room they need to grow to their full potential.

(Tip: How do you know if your soil is compacted? While thin, patchy areas of grass can be a strong indicator, we also advise looking out for the pooling of water in low areas of your lawn as well as water runoff in high areas. When water fails to infiltrate soil, it can be a sign that soil particles are too close together.)

DIY Versus Professional: Which Way to Go With Lawn Aeration

As is the case with our lawn maintenance tasks, there’s often the debate over whether to take the DIY route or hire professionals to handle lawn aeration. Here are some of the reasons we recommend turning the reins over to a professional.

Reduced Costs

The cost of renting or buying an aerator for your lawn can add up quickly. (Aerator rentals can go up to $80 per day, while the average aerator can cost you double that price to purchase.) By hiring a professional, you’ll gain access to state-of-the-art aeration equipment without the cost of having to invest in (and in some cases, maintain) the machine.

Minimal Time

Let’s say you’re aerating a lawn that is about 5,000 square feet. If you performed that task on your own, that would translate into at least several hours of work — taking away time that could be spent relaxing with your family. Having a professional handle aeration gives you more time back in your day and also limits physical labor that can lead to fatigue and even injury.

Better Results

When lawn aeration isn’t performed correctly, it can actually cause more damage than good. A professional with years of experience can give you the assurance that your lawn’s needs will be met and that the best results will be achieved. Your lawn will look its best, and you’ll avoid costly repairs down the road.

Contact Lush Lawn for Your Aeration Needs

When you hire a lawn care professional like Lush Lawn, you can expect a seamless aeration process. Using state-of-the-art aerator machines, we remove plugs of soil from your lawn so that air, water and nutrients are reaching the roots of grass and you get the healthy lawn you desire.

Whether you’re interested in an early fall or early spring aeration (or both), our team can help. Simply fill out a request for a free quote, and we’ll be in touch.

When Should I Water My Lawn in the Summer?

In the harsh summer heat, dehydration is a major concern. Whereas people can feel lightheaded and weak when they don’t drink enough water, a lawn that doesn’t get enough water is subject to root damage and a dull, brown appearance. That’s why it’s critical to perform deep watering applications (1 to 1½ inches) once or twice a week, based on how dry conditions are.

While this speaks to the importance of watering your lawn, there’s also a conversation to be had when a lawn is watered. The timing of lawn watering can not only impact its effectiveness but in a worst-case scenario, contribute to the spread of new lawn diseases and pest infestations.

The Best Time to Water Your Lawn in Summer Is…

The morning — more specifically, anytime before 10 a.m.

For water to improve the health of lawns, it first needs to be properly absorbed. That’s one of the reasons it’s best to water your lawn in the early morning hours in the summer, as well as the spring and fall. Whereas too much sun and heat mid-day can cause water to quickly evaporate, the cool temperatures and calm winds of the morning give water a chance to soak into the soil and reach grass roots.

While water is absorbed into a lawn, it not only delivers nutrients to grass roots, but it also helps keep the lawn cool in the hours that follow. This covers the hottest parts of the day when lawns are most prone to heat stress — an issue that can trigger the onset of lawn diseases, insect infestations and bare spots. While rebounding from the effects of heat stress can be difficult, watering your lawn in the early morning helps prevent the issue in the first place, while saving wasted water.

What about watering at night? While the evening hours may seem like a convenient time to water your lawn, the problem with this route is that lawns will remain wet overnight as there is no sunlight to help fuel absorption. This wet foliage can become a breeding ground for fungal diseases (like dollar spot) that tend to thrive in moist, humid conditions.

Keep Your Lawn Hydrated All Summer Long

Between high temperatures and heavy foot traffic, lawns can feel a lot of stress in the summer. Paired with the proper mowing techniques and a fall overseeding, sticking to an early morning watering schedule that uses the right amount of water will help develop deep root systems that keep lawns protected throughout the summer season.

With the goal of helping Lush Lawn & Safari Tree customers keep their lawns hydrated amid hot, dry conditions, we offer a water maximizer treatment as part of our lawn care services. This organic solution is designed to loosen soil so that water can better penetrate the surface and be absorbed into root systems. So while you’ll cut your monthly water bill in half, you’ll also — with the proper watering techniques — maintain the health and appearance of your lawn all summer.

Interested in a water maximizer treatment or other services for your Southeast Michigan lawn? We’d love to hear from you. It all starts with requesting a free quote.

How to Control Dollar Spot in an Effective Way

Circular, sunken patches of straw-colored grass, no bigger than the size of a silver dollar. While an American coin inspired the name dollar spot, it’s only fitting that this lawn fungus comes with a cost. If left untreated, dollar spot can rapidly spread across lawns and eat away at grass roots, leading to bare spots throughout the lawn and breeding grounds for weeds and pests to thrive.

In the event that a lawn becomes infected, the best way to get dollar spot under control is the use of fungicides. Some fungicides on the market are of course more effective than others — and we’re here to help make those distinctions.

Boscalid & Flutolanil

Boscalid and flutolanil are two fungicides that can effectively treat dollar spot in the short term. From a long-term perspective, however, the story changes. There is a high risk that dollar spot will adapt to the boscalid and flutolanil over time and essentially learn how to outsmart their control measures. So even if more fungicides are applied, dollar spot will grow in spite of them.

Chlorothalonil & Mancozeb

Unlike boscalid and flutolanil, chlorothalonil and mancozeb are at low risk for dollar spot becoming resistant to them. While this bodes well for the long-term stability of the products, the problem is that neither of these fungicides is particularly effective in the first place. So while the fungicides will deliver the same results over time, these results tend to be lackluster.

Propiconazole & Fludioxonil

Propiconazole and fludioxonil offer the best of both worlds — high effectiveness with a low risk of lawn disease resistance. In other words, these fungicides effectively kill dollar spot fast so it doesn’t have an opportunity to adapt to disease control measures and work around them. This can be attributed to the fact that propiconazole and fludioxonil penetrate tissues to provide long-lasting, systemic control from the grass roots to the top of the plants.

The Lush Lawn Treatment Plan for Dollar Spot

At Lush Lawn & Safari Tree, we use the most effective fungicides on the market (propiconazole and fludioxonil) to remove dollar spot from yards across Michigan. To achieve the best results, we apply these fungicide sprays multiple times a year, ensuring each spray covers an extensive area to eradicate any sources of the lawn disease.

In many cases, dollar spot can leave behind a sea of bare spots in infected backyards. While unsightly in appearance, these bare spots offer an open invitation for insects and weeds to set up shop and cause subsequent lawn damage. With these concerns in mind, homeowners can also lean on our team for reseeding services. Laying down new grass seed can eliminate the patchy appearance of and introduce new healthy grass that helps crowd out pesky weeds.

There’s also a conversation to be had around fertilization. Among environmental conditions that can trigger the onset of dollar spot  — a list that includes poor soil moisture and excess thatch — low nitrogen levels in soil can be to blame. Nitrogen is the primary ingredient for plant growth, so without it, the root systems of plants become weak and less resistant to external forces. We offer nitrogen-rich fertilization services so grass retains essential nutrients for its health and is better equipped to ward off diseases like dollar spot.

Interested in learning more about how we can help keep your Michigan lawn beautiful and safe? Request a free quote today to get started.

What Is Crabgrass and How Do I Prevent It?

Late May is an exciting time for homeowners, with warm temperatures right around the bend and more hours in the day to enjoy the outdoors. But for lawns, this can be a tricky time. Late May is also when a pesky weed tends to germinate: crabgrass.

An Introduction to Crabgrass

Crabgrass is an annual weed that favors warm temperatures and grows in bare spots of lawns where there is sunlight. While this “opportunistic” plant grows vine-like limbs and is naturally an eyesore for outdoor spaces, it also crowds out and weakens surrounding grass, making lawns more susceptible to the spread of insects and disease.

Aside from its distinct crab-like structure and light green hue, crabgrass is also defined by the fast rate at which it spreads. Once crabgrass germinates, a single plant can produce thousands of seeds between summer and fall. Growing faster than the healthy grass that surrounds them, crabgrass can quickly dominate lawns and leave homeowners unsure of what to do.

The Treatment Plan for Crabgrass

Considering the vigorous nature of crabgrass, getting rid of this weed after it germinates can be a trying task. But that’s not to say there aren’t measures that can help. A lot of this comes down to following best practices in lawn care:

  • Fill thin, bare spots on your lawn with grass seed to repair weakened areas
  • Mow your lawn at a higher setting so taller grass blades can shade the soil
  • Water your lawn deeply one or two times a week to help crowd out weeds

 

(Note: If you’re dealing with a small crabgrass infestation, you can pull them out by hand — if they are easy to remove. This should be paired with the lawn care tips highlighted above.)

The Better Bet: Prevent Versus Treat

The best way to kill crabgrass is to eradicate it before it even germinates. This solution comes in the form of a pre-emergent herbicide. How it works is simple: when applied to lawns, the granular material dissolves and creates a protective barrier near the soil’s surface to intercept and stop the growth of germinating crabgrass seeds.

(Note: Timing is important when it comes to the application of pre-emergent herbicides. To effectively control crabgrass throughout its entire growing season, pre-emergents should be put down before crabgrass seeds begin to germinate.)

Rather than take the DIY route, it’s best to let a professional handle pre-emergent applications. The licensed lawn care technicians from Lush Lawn can put down the proper preventative herbicides for your specific lawn conditions, avoiding any room for risk and ensuring the most effective results.

The Lush Lawn Crabgrass Prevention Plan

Crabgrass pre-emergent is included as a standard part of the Lush Lawn program. The preventative we use — Prodiamine — is the preferred product among professional landscapers. This granular pre-emergent provides season-long control of crabgrass, as well as other annual grasses and broadleaf weeds like chickweed, dandelions and more.

Interested in our lawn care services for your home? Contact us today for a free, instant quote.

Get Your Mower Ready for the Spring Lawn Care Season

Spring lawn care season is in full bloom, and now is the perfect time to get your lawnmower ready for use. It’s important to make sure that all parts of your mower are functioning properly before putting it to use so that any breakdowns can be avoided during the upcoming season. Follow these tips to get your lawnmower ready for this spring.  

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS YOUR SPARK PLUG?

Do you know where the spark plug is on your lawnmower? Or how to make sure that all the cables and breaks are functioning properly? Annually tuning your machine will help make sure that it stays functioning from year to year. Check out these five tune-up tips:

  1. Check the oil- If you didn’t change the oil at the end of last season, it would be a good idea to do that now. An engine can overheat and fail prematurely with insufficient or dirty oil. Checking and changing your oil now can save you money by extending the life of your lawnmower.
  2. Know the steps- Know the steps of how to tune-up your lawnmower. Helpful video or picture guides, like this one, will walk you through what you need to do to help your mower run its best.
  3. Be sharp and sharpen your blades- One of the biggest mistakes you can make when you begin mowing your lawn again is not sharpening the mower blades.
    Dull blades can do more harm than good to your lawn. A dull blade will “rip” out your grass instead of cutting it, which can subject your lawn to disease and even kill it overall. Therefore, make sure that your mower’s blades are either sharpened or replaced before using it on your lawn this spring. The Home Depot offers some great tips on how to sharpen lawnmower blades. Read more about how to do this here.
  4. Have the right tools- Knowing the tools that you will need for the project will save you time later on. For a complete list of tools that you will need to give your lawnmower a tune-up, click here.
  5. Do some research- This is said a lot, but knowing the proper techniques for mowing your lawn can save you time, money, and frustration in the long run. To learn what you could be doing wrong, read this article for more information on tips and tricks on mowing this spring.

SUBMIT FOR A FULL INSPECTION

While it may not be the most popular idea, paying a professional, or even having a home improvement center look at your lawn mower can take the work out of the process.

Five Easy-to-Follow Spring Lawn Care Tips

Things are starting to turn green in Michigan. If you’ve driven through the parks lately or spent much time outside, you may have noticed the first subtle green glimpses of new life mixed in with the drab brown we’ve been surrounded by for five months. They’re tiny now, but these buds and leaves hold the promise of sunshine and summertime. Soon, the dreary browns and grays will be but a distant memory, and the trees, the shrubs and that one neighbors lawn will be vibrant emerald green. To help you be “that neighbor” — with the best lawn on the block — here are some helpful spring lawn tips:

  1. Weed Killer – There are a few different types of weed killer, and they work in different ways. Penn State’s professor emeritus of agronomy, John C. Harper II, gives the simplest instruction on which to use and when in his publication, “Lawn Management Through the Seasons.” He says, “Annual grass weeds, such as crabgrass, can be controlled with preemergence herbicides. These chemicals should be applied prior to weed seed germination in early to mid-spring…Broadleaf weeds, such as dandelion and ground ivy, usually are controlled with broadleaf herbicides. It is especially important to identify weeds present and select the herbicide that will provide the best control. Broadleaf herbicide applications should be made when weeds are actively growing in spring or fall.”
  2. Water – Water helps strengthen and enlarge the root system of your turfgrass, which will naturally choke out weeds. Once you notice that your lawn has begun to grow again, you may water it two times a week. For more information on watering your lawn, check out Michigan State University’s suggestions here.
  3. Fertilizer – Fertilizer is food for your lawn, and it goes hand in hand with water. Start with a light application of fertilizer to be sure that you aren’t also feeding weeds that you may not have control of yet. It is important to water your lawn after you fertilize, so if you are environmentally conscious or want to cut down on your water bill, fertilize your lawn before a forecasted rain shower.
  4. Move Matted Grass Around – If you have areas of grass that are matted down, hard raking will only damage your lawn. The newly growing grass beneath these mats needs a gentle touch so a leaf blower is a better option, as is a regular mowing with your lawnmower on a high blade setting to allow the circular motion to lift the matted grass.
  5. Reseeding – Bare spots and exposed soil in your lawn are likely to fill in with weeds like crabgrass, so it is important to identify these areas early in the season and encourage new turfgrass to grow. The old adage, “an ounce of prevention” is key here! For an in-depth guide to reseeding, see Michigan State University professor Dr. Kevin Frank’s article, “Tips for Reseeding Lawns in the Spring.” One final tip from Dr. Frank if you are following a reseeding with fertilizer: “Make sure to follow label directions, contain all fertilizer on the area to be seeded and off the driveway, and keep a minimum of 15 feet from any surface water.”

Get your equipment tuned up and dusted off and your supplies ready to go. With these suggestions, a little common sense, and a little elbow grease, you can have a lush, green lawn all summer.

Feeling Overwhelmed? Need More Help?

In lawn care, being late can mean the difference between a beautiful lawn and one that is full of weeds. That’s why LushLawn is here to help you take care of your lawn without you having to do it yourself! Use our Instaquote to get a free, fast lawn care quote today!

Do I Have Snow Mold in my Lawn?

Snow mold is a common problem, especially in Michigan. It can turn your gorgeous green lawn from fall into a true eyesore. Even though most cases of snow mold are not completely detrimental to your lawn’s health and may not require professional treatments, snow mold can still be irritating. So what exactly is snow mold and why does it happen?

What is snow mold?

Snow mold is actually a form of mold that forms under blankets of snow during winter. If you take a walk around your yard, you may notice circular spots that are gray, white, or pink. In the center of the spots will be a cobweb-like material, called mycelium. If the spot is gray, the mycelium will be gray or white. If it’s pink snow mold, there will be a pinkish tone to the mycelium. Knowing the difference between the two is very important; pink snow mold can be very harmful to your lawn and you should contact a professional lawn service like LushLawn immediately. Luckily, gray snow mold is much more common than pink in our area and it will not kill your lawn.

Why does my lawn get snow mold?

It forms due to a lack of sunlight and restriction to airflow. It is especially common after the winter season after your lawn has undergone a period of freezing temperatures and snow cover. It can also form without snow cover if it is cool, rainy, or overcast. Snow mold can happen to even the most well-groomed lawn, especially in Michigan with unpredictable weather changes.

How do you treat snow mold?

There are many steps that you can take to help your lawn with the effects of snow mold. Wait until the grass grows a little bit and mow the affected area to remove the dead, “crusty,” parts. If a week or two later, lightly rake the areas and “fluff” up the grass. Make sure you don’t rake too hard or you could damage the plant.

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When Does Grass Stop Growing?

Your lawn’s health depends on proper care and maintenance. Nourishment and weed control are a couple of key elements, but the timing of your care regimen is also vital. Understanding your grasses’ growth patterns is essential to ensuring a beautiful and high-quality yard. If you’ve ever asked “when does grass stop growing?”, this guide is for you.

Understanding Seasonal Growth Patterns

When does grass stop growing

As you probably know, plants require a few important things to grow and reproduce. Sunlight and water are both critical components in photosynthesis. Plants use that light energy to convert water and carbon dioxide into glucose, a critical building block for creating cells and seeds. Nutrients in the soil, air and water aid this process and help each plant survive, thrive and grow.

Temperature is another crucial part of this equation. Broadly speaking, temperatures changes signal seasonal changes and trigger specific segments of a plant’s life cycle. Plants respond to temperatures by either accelerating or slowing down specific processes. Warm weather brings growth and reproduction, while cooler temperatures prompt plants to become dormant or even die off.

That’s a pretty basic explanation, but there’s even finer science behind seasonal temperature changes and plant life cycles. Warmer temperatures trigger certain chemical reactions within each plant, including photosynthesis. In fact, photosynthesis speeds up thanks to enzymes’ better ability to bind to the right molecules during the process. However, extremely hot weather can slow it down and also rob plants of nourishment and moisture. Photosynthesis also slows down during cold weather, which is why plant growth typically decelerates during late fall.

Seasonal Grass Growth in Your Lawn

Now that you comprehend how temperatures impact plant growth, let’s apply this knowledge to your lawn. Growth patterns depend partially on the species of grasses present in your yard. Cool-season varieties such as Kentucky bluegrass, ryegrasses, bentgrasses and fescues are popular in Southeastern Michigan. You’ve likely observed how their growth picks up in the beginning or middle of spring and during the cooler temperatures of late fall.

Even so, this pattern slows down before chillier temperatures hit. Lawns like these still need a pre-winter plan, and part of that plan is knowing when you should mow it for the last time each year. Most cool-season grasses can still flourish comfortable in temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit but gradually stop sprouting as it approaches 32 degrees. That usually starts to happen in late November or early December.

The Last Mow of the Season

With your lawn’s growth patterns in mind, you should carefully plan and time its final mow during the fall. This pre-winter cut can help prevent the development of moldy fungus that could damage your yard. Warm-season grasses are normally cut for the last time before their dormant season, usually before late October and prior to the first frost. Cool-season grasses should get their final mowing in November before their dormancy period begins.

Many homeowners make the mistake of cutting their grass too short during this final mowing session. Unfortunately, this can damage the lawn by stunting its growth or causing it to go into hibernation too early. The key is maintaining a reasonable height. Most guides recommend cutting grass to about 2 inches high. For cool-season varieties like Kentucky bluegrass, you can safely trim it to 2 ½ inches high during the last mow.

High-Quality Lawn Care From Local Experts

Knowing when to mow is just one important part of your total lawn care strategy. Southeastern Michigan homeowners count on Lush Lawn for healthy, gorgeous and thriving yards. Learn about lawn winterization today or request a free estimate by completing our contact form. You can also call Lush Lawn toll-free at (866) 303-2923.

Bare Spots in Lawn After Winter

Winters can be harsh. The strong winds, chilling temperatures and snow accumulation may not be comfortable for you, but they are particularly damaging to your lawn. If you experience bare spots in the lawn after winter, find out how you can restore your lawn in time for spring. Don’t spend months fighting with dirty bare spots, but accelerate your lawn growth with these repair tips.

Remove Debris

First, you need to inspect the damage. Some spots may appear bare, but simply have a buildup of dirt, leaves or other debris. Grab your rake and leaf blower or call a lawn expert such as Lush Lawn to thoroughly clean and inspect your lawn for any signs of dead grass and bare spots.

If there’s more than half an inch of grass clippings or dead grass, it’s best to remove this debris as well. A small amount of this debris can add nutrients to your soil, but too much can prevent new grass growth.

bare spots in lawn after winter

Don’t forget to take on any weeds that may be poking up. Some weeds are hardier than your grass, so you’ll need to either pull weeds or use a weed treatment. Contact a professional lawn care company for more information on the best weed treatment for your particular lawn and weed variety. Some weeds simply need to be pulled, while others require herbicide or natural remedies, like cornmeal.

Aerate Your Lawn

Heavy foot traffic and deep snow can pack down your soil and create issues for your grass seed. Thick soil prevents your grass seed roots from reaching necessary nutrients. The easiest solution is to aerate your lawn. Whether you choose an aeration service that uses a plug aerator or choose to aerate your own lawn, be sure you thoroughly aerate your soil in order to promote healthy grass growth.

Add Nutrients and Grass Seed

Ice and snow from a harsh winter can damage or completely kill your grass. Not only does your grass need a boost of nutrients to thrive this spring, but you may also need to plant more grass. Choose between grass seed or sod in order to restore your lawn and prepare for a healthy, vibrant yard this spring.

Grass seed is a cost-effective alternative to sod. You can choose the right grass seed or grass seed blend for your particular region, which greatly improves its ability to survive the winter. For best effect, your grass seed should be routinely watered and maintained by an expert lawn service.

Sod is a faster way to see immediate results. When you choose a professional to law new sod, you’ll immediately see a bright, green sea of grass all across your yard. Sod is an attractive option if you’re in a hurry and need quick results, but can be more expensive and difficult to maintain the same results.

Grass requires a blend of nutrients in your soil to grow properly. Depending on your location and soil type, you may need to add nutrients to encourage healthy, green grass to grow. Look for soil treatment programs that balance the pH level of your soil, add essential nutrients and give your grass seed the boost it needs to survive the next winter.

Choose a Professional Lawn Maintenance Company

If you’re struggling to repair bare patches in the lawn, it’s time to call professional reinforcements. For premier lawn care services and a helpful list of suggestions for optimal maintenance and prevention of bare spots, contact Lush Lawn today. At Lush Lawn, we specialize in year-round maintenance and healthy growth of your lawn. Once you shake off the cool temperatures and bitter winds of winter, it’s time to get outside and enjoy a soft, green lawn with your whole family.