Jonathan Green provides some helpful information - follow their tips below for a healthy, beatiful lawn now and again in Spring!
Seeding Your Lawn:
Fall is the absolute best time to seed or re-seed your lawn with Jonathan Green superior grass seed! The hot, dry summer is over and the insects and weeds are less prevalent. Moisture from morning dew keeps the seed bed moist and the less intense sun rays slow the rate of evaporation. The soil temperatures are still warm and the cool rains make it the perfect time to create that beautiful lawn that your neighbors will envy as they look over your fence. To successfully seed, you MUST have good seed to soil contact. Seeding on top of dead matter will lead to failure.
Preventing Thatch Build Up
Thatch is a layer of dead turf and living shoots, stems, and roots that develops between the grass and the soil surface. Thatch build up begins when turf produces organic debris faster than it can be broken down by the microbes.
How do I Prevent this?
- Choose a turf grass type that doesn't produce as much thatch. Perennial Ryegrass and Tall Fescues spread through tillering, not rhizomes and do not produce significant thatch build up. Kentucky Bluegrasses can produce thatch, because it does spread through rhizomes, but this isn't a problem when the soil that the lawn is grown in is well managed and healthy.
- Balance your soil pH and increase microbial activity. Thatch accumulates when soil conditions don't have enough thatch-decomposing organisms. Acidic soils inhibit these microorganisms, resulting in rapid thatch build up. Soils that contain large amounts of clay or sand may contain low populations of soil microorganisms that decompose thatch. Compacted soils and soils with poor structure also contain low microbial activity and are subject to thatch build up. When you apply Mag-I-Cal and Love Your Soil , you encourage the soil microbes to break down thatch through a natural process of decay. Healthy, loose soil will only have a minimal thatch layer at the base of the lawn. If you have more than 1/2 inch of thatch, you should use a dethatching machine or power rake to remove it. If you are planning on overseeding, dethatch before you over seed.