While your trees, shrubs and garden are thriving, a poor-looking lawn can drag down the appearance of your whole landscape! However, don’t despair, in some cases, you can renovate or repair your lawn without taking the drastic plunge of tilling and starting over.
Core Aeration Corrects Compaction
Lawn areas that receive heavy traffic or are used as a playground get pounded, and that means the soil get compacted. The best way to remedy soil compaction is a practice known as core aeration. In core aeration, little cores of soil are removed from the ground to allow water and air into the soil to help grass roots compete with weeds that can thrive in compacted soil. An area of your lawn that receives a moderate amount of traffic should be core aerated annually. If the soil is extremely compacted, you may need to have your lawn aerated twice in one year.
Overseed with Pest Resistant Grasses
Once your lawn has received a core aeration treatment, it is a good idea to overseed the area with pest resistant grasses. These grasses are known as endophyte-enhanced grasses, which means that they contain endophytes – fungi that produce toxins that kill many grass-eating insects. Initially discovered because they made livestock (who consumed mass quantities) sick, endophytic grasses are obviously for lawns only – not for pasture. These cultivars not only escape damage of major pests such as chinch bugs, billbugs, and sod webworms, but also are more tolerant of cultural stresses such as drought. Therefore, your lawn will require less maintenance.
If you prefer the look of more traditional grasses, choose from the many varieties which have been cultivated to be more tolerant of stress.
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