Lawn Care 101


Lawn Care 101 – Drainage Repair

As spring approaches we all get excited about the yard. This year, let’s approach the lawn than we have in past years. Your lawn is not only an ecosystem but also an active water management drainage system that can either help or hinder your yard.
In this article we’ll discuss the importance of proper lawn drainage and ensure positive flow away from your home.
Over time the soil grade level changes and compaction occurs which in turn lower’s and can lower substantially below your sidewalk.
So we notice the change. Now what? The second approach is adding top soil from a soil retailer close by that can drop off a load of regular dirt. Regular dirt doesn’t compact as easy.

Soil vs Regular Dirt [Why using top soil is much better]

After getting the soil the next step is spreading it out evenly with a rake. This is a great time to add more grass seed (under dirt-just below surface so it doesn’t blow away). Add this every year for a richer lawn. It should be damp, not soggy and watering is best done early morning or late evening for best results.
With the new layer of soil added ensure there is no traffic on the area until you see the lawn thriving. This could take 3-6 weeks depending on the weather (it will settle over this time). Sometimes, it is better to do it in sections if you have small children.
Grass grows from the crown, or the growing point which lies next to the ground level. As long as the crown is not injured, the grass will tolerate or cut without stunting its growth. Beneath the ground is a system of roots that absorb water, nutrients and anchors the grass. Keep the area damp after spreading the soil. Seeding will encourage growth and in no time the grass blades will emerge and extend upwards.
Next time we’ll discuss the importance of aerating and proper grass height for maximum root development and health.