Healthy lawns require healthy soil as its base, but it’s not that simple to make changes to the soil once grass has been established…or is it?
If digging and tilling the lawn is out of the question, you can use a technique known as “topdressing” to add a thin layer of compost, soil, or sand (or a mixture of the three) over your lawn without killing the existing turf — but you’ll need to choose the topdressing material carefully. Typically, your material should match or complement the composition of your existing soil (more details to follow).
When it comes to healthy, lush lawns, overseeding is a lot like the secret ingredient in grandpa’s famous rib sauce. You’ll make do without it, but it’s never quite as good as it could be. Unlike grandpa’s secret ingredient, there’s no coaxing or bribing here…just some simple facts to help you understand more about how and why it works.
Lawn rolling can help you smooth out minor bumps and uneven lawn sections, but there are other benefits and some manageable cons you should understand before deciding if rolling is right for you.
Aerating, also known as coring or aerifying, can make a significant difference in the health and appearance of lawns because it allows air, water, and nutrients to properly penetrate grass roots. This helps roots to grow deeply and produce a stronger, more vigorous lawn.
If aerating is new to you, here’s an overview to help you understand what it is, why it works, and the best time of year for aeration.