Ask a Question
Notify Me On Question Update
Email this Question
Does it help to aerate in the spring and fall? Also if there is a lot of dead grass and thatch build up would it be beneficial to power rake in the spring?
Rate This FAQ
Aerating in the spring and/or fall can be very beneficial in compacted areas
or areas with excessive amounts of thatch. Aerating enhances the movement
of air and water though the soil and improves conditions for plant roots.
As for your thatch question, how much thatch is there? As much as 0.5
inches is fine. If you are working with a home lawn, I would not recommend
power raking except in cases of EXTREME thatch buildup (i.e. 2 inches or
more). Power raking is actually quite stressful for the grass since large
amounts of healthy roots are also pulled up. If you feel that some action
is necessary, I would recommend aerating in spring and fall with a core
aerator as a start.
Submit Your Suggestion
Other Questions In This Topic
- What's killing Spruce and Pine trees in Utah?
- Do you have tips for success with African violets?
- My pear tree has dead stems that curl downward. What is happening?
- When is the best time to seed native grasses such as streambank and western wheatgrass into an existing Kentucky Bluegrass lawn? Some of what I've read leads me to believe that it would be best to seed in late fall so the seed will germinate in the spring. But I wonder if it would be better to seed in early fall after stressing the KBG. I will also be seeding sheep fescue, but I've seen conflicting information on whether that is native or introduced. My goal is to have a lawn that can survive with no water, and stay green with very little water.
- How can I attract hummingbirds to my yard?
- I have several Dwarf Blue Arctic Willows in my yard. This year they were full of some kind of wasp or bee. I waited until winter and the leaves dropped off to see if there was a hive or nest and there does not seem to be one. In looking for the nest I noticed some small black bugs on the wood. What should I do, if anything and are the two pests related in any way?
- I have large steep slop in my backyard. I would like to plant a ground cover from seed. Is this possible. If so what kind would be best to keep weeds and bay, grow quickly and look appealing? I was wonder if Vinca Major or St johns wart would work? Thanks for your time Milt
- How invasive are globe willows? Also, what is the distance they should be from the septic system and water lines, etc?