When to Aerate Your Lawn

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An essential part of yard maintenance, aeration can help to keep your lawn looking thick and healthy. Aeration is a process that involves punching small holes in your lawn and removing plugs of soil. By aerating your lawn once a year, you can enable compacted soil to get the air it needs in order to support healthy grass and to enhance the appearance of your lawn. Soil often becomes compacted in areas where there is heavy foot traffic or high clay content.

Generally, the best time to aerate is in the cooler fall months, when grass is actively growing but weeds are slow to germinate. However, if your soil is compacted or you have thin turf, then aerating in the late spring can promote optimal growth.

Installing a Planting Bed

The installation of a planting bed can bring color and beauty to your property and increase your home’s value. Since most installations involve adding new plantings around a home’s exterior, this can also help prevent soil erosion near the foundation.

Most new installations are completed in the spring, early summer, or fall. Before planting, landscapers often work to get the soil into peak condition by using compost, expanded shale, or sand to improve drainage and pH values. After the bed has been prepared, landscapers fill it with the client’s choice of ornamental plantings, such as annual and perennial flowers, shrubs, or small-specimen trees like Japanese maples or hollies.

Do’s and Don’ts of Pruning

Pruning shrubs and hedges is essential to keeping your plants healthy. However, it is not as simple as cutting off branches randomly with anything you can find. Below are several do’s and don’ts of pruning correctly:

1. Do make your cuts selectively

While good pruning cuts can stimulate growth, improper pruning can leave your plants in shock and ultimately kill them. For this reason, you must be careful about the cuts you make. Remove injured wood from your plant, and prune just above a healthy bud at a 45-degree angle.

2. Don’t prune in late fall

Winter will push your plant into hibernation and halt the growth process. Pruning too late in the season will not give new growth enough time to harden, leaving it weak, particularly in colder weather.

3. Do get rid of diseased branches immediately

As branches die or become diseased, you should remove them right away. By removing the branch, you are not only protecting the health of the plant, but you are letting it conserve energy for new growth.

4. Don’t use the wrong tools

When it comes to pruning, use specific tools that are designed to get the job done without damaging your plant. Don’t use scissors or attempt to cut low branches with a shovel. Furthermore, you should maintain those tools so they stay sharp and free of rust. Dull blades will damage the branches on your plants.

Mulching As Part of a Spring Cleanup

Brendan Wetzel is an established presence in the Bucks County, Pennsylvania, community who leads Yardley Landscaping Company. Committed to client satisfaction, Brendan Wetzel has extensive knowledge of everything from weed control to yard maintenance.

A key part of an efficient spring cleanup involves mulching. One way to keep your lawn strong and healthy is by mulching, which involves double-cutting your grass, then re-cutting it within the deck of a mulching mower. The latter has a deck that is spacious, rounded, and sealed, which provides the grass with room to move around. Strategically placed deflectors keep the grass circulating, with a specially shaped blade forcing grass clippings down to the turf after they have been re-cut.

The mulch breaks down quickly and provides the grass with nutrient-rich phosphates and nitrogen that stimulate new growth. At the same time, it provides a protective covering that helps to prevent weed growth and conserves water. On balance, mulch offers an economical, environmentally friendly way of reusing lawn trimmings that will also cut down on waste.