Utilize the nice weather while it is still here. Invest in lawn and landscape care now for improved results in the spring.
I was visiting my parents on the South Shore this weekend and was shocked to see how compact the soil was. Without hesitation I was off to the local tool rental store to rent an aerator. It was evident that the turf was not getting the nutrients it needed due to how compact the soil was. After about an hour of aerating and a small investment of $60 in the rental, the entire lawn was liberated from severe compaction.
Core aerating is a great fall lawn care practice, particularly for severly compacted lawns. The removal of the cores improves nutrient, air, and water flow, and also spreads organic material across your turf. It is also a good idea to broadcast some grass seed after core aerating. Although the seed will not germinate this fall, it will mesh with the cores and organic matter and help thicken your turf come next spring.
In addition to core aerating, be sure to get your yard cleaned up while the weather is still on our side. Pick up all the leaves, remove any lingering debris from the October storm, and get you final mowing in for the season if you haven't yet. There really is no telling how long this weather will last, and there is a very good chance that ground will be frozen once again by next week.
Last, but certainly not least, we are in the final weeks of prime planting weather. Fall planting can be great for root development, and is usually more cost effective as nurseries discount their inventory this time of year. Don't miss out on a great chance to add plants and trees to your landscape.
Investing the time in landscape care now will help you greatly come spring. A few hours of care in the fall can go a long way to improving your landscape. If you're unsure of what you can do to improve your landscape, or how to do it, please give us a call. We're happy to help. Don't forget, our Certified Arborists and Landscape Architects are always here for free consultations.
Core aeration helps relieve soil compaction and improve water, air, and nutrient flow.