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Renovate Your Lawn in 6 Easy Steps

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Summer has welcomed us with warm temperatures, pool days, beach trips, family time and more. Perhaps your lawn has taken a hit with the summer activities and the roasting sun. 

Have unkempt shrubbery, unwanted weeds, brown spots and patches, drought and uneven seeding plagued your lawn?  Well, now may be the best time to start thinking about a plan to renovate your lawn in the fall.

Whether it’s dried out, uneven or affected by fungal diseases, landscaping renovations can be the answer to all your lawn issues! With September quickly approaching, now is the time to pick out grass seed for fall lawn care.  Fall is the best time for planting cool-season grasses.

While it can be relatively time-consuming when it comes to lawn renovation, it can help improve the overall health and aesthetic of your yard. Before you get started with your renovation, be sure to check out these steps to make a lawn revamping as smooth as possible!

Why Should I Renovate My Lawn?

We understand that landscape renovation can be a daunting task. 

Your lawn may just need a bit of fine tuning. On the other hand, you may be having trouble trying to figure out how to begin turning your jungle yard into a nicely manicured lawn. To help, we’ve compiled a list of steps to consider when beginning your renovation.

Step One: Address Problematic Areas

Finding areas that are causing issues on your lawn is the first step towards a healthy lawn. 

Consider if you need to do spot treatment or redo the entire lawn to properly address problem areas. 

Our Jonathan Green and Scott’s brands offer top products if your lawn requires more spot treatment rather than a complete lawn repair. 

To fix dry spots and dead patches, these two brands offer easy repairs to turn your lawn into a uniform and lush landscape. 

Step Two: Test The pH Levels in Your Soil

This can often be an overlooked part of your lawn care. Be sure you test your soil levels to ensure it is as healthy as possible! 

When you test your pH levels, you’re testing the levels of acidity of your lawn and whether it is too acidic or too alkaline (basic). 

pH soil testing works to let you know which soil amendments you may need. 

If your lawn is too much of either, then it will experience difficulty in absorbing the proper amount of nutrients, and will not grow healthily. Tall fescue grasses prefer a soil with a pH from 5.8 to 6.5 but will tolerate a range of soil pH. 

Make sure you’re testing your soil levels before picking a type of grass seed. That way, you will know exactly what your lawn needs and how the acidity levels can be properly managed with seedings.

Pay particular attention to areas around pine trees as they can be very acidic. The easy cure to high acidity is to put down pelletized lime. Pelletized lawn lime is a fast-acting acid neutralizer made of finely ground limestone which works as a natural neutralizer for soil acidity. It works as a slow release as you water and/or it rains. 

At Taylor’s, we offer Jonathan Green testing kits for quick results on your pH levels! This is the next step to giving you a lush lawn. 

Step Three: Aerate & Dethatch

Do you know when the last time your lawn was aerated? Performing aeration on your lawn can help rid it of unnecessary thatch and build up in your soil. When you remove this build up, you open up room in your soil for fresh grass to grow.

This vacant space allows for a better uptake in fertilizer that keeps your grass growing thicker and healthier. 

Even though moderate amounts of thatch can be helpful for your lawn, excessive amounts prevent proper air and moisture flow from going to where your grass needs it the most. 

If that happens, your lawn will be susceptible to disease and drought. For fescues and other cool-season grasses, aerate in the fall. Warm season grasses, like Bermuda, should be aerated in late spring or early summer.

We offer lawn and soil aerators for rent at Taylor’s. Contact us today to learn more from our professionals on how you can best aerate and dethatch your lawn. 

Step Four: Picking the Right Grass Seed

The next step after aeration and dethatching, along with addressing other grading issues, is to find the right grass seed. 

And now is the time to do so. 

For cool-season grasses, you will want to put grass seed down in late September or early October, but it’s time to decide which seed is right for your lawn.

Because there are a multitude of different options, you want to make sure you consult with a specialist to address the exact needs of your lawn. Figuring out the best grass seed often depends on the type of grass on your lawn, whether in full or partial sun and what specific issues it is experiencing. 

If you’re fixing brown spots, dry patches or wanting to reseed the entire lawn, we have everything you need. 

Black Beauty Products

Included in Jonathan Green’s products, the line of Black Beauty grass helps enhance any yard. If you’re seeding early fall in September and October (which is the ideal time to do so), Black Beauty grows up to four inches deep and maintains a wax-like coating to best preserve moisture. 

This particular genetically-superior grass is naturally insect-resistant and will be quick to improve lawns in even the desolate of conditions. 

We recommend considering these Black Beauty products for your lawn:

Additional Grass Seed Products

Here are some of our favorite brands to help give you the lawn you envision:

Step Five: Seed, Rake, Water, Fertilize

Now it’s time for the easy parts! After deciding on the grass seed that is best for your lawn, these are the next steps:

  1. Rake
  2. Seed
  3. Water
  4. Fertilize 

Whether you’re redoing your entire lawn or just patches, the steps remain the same. Be sure that if you are overseeding, you are aerating and dethatching using our rental aerators! 

Step Six: Mow Your Lawn

Mow! This is the final step in your fall lawn preparation. Mowing your grass to a uniform and even length will ensure it looks its best. 

Be sure you are continuing to mow regularly (as long as the grass continues to grow) to keep up with your lawn’s appearance. 

In addition, mowers can also be used to remove thatch from your soil, thus allowing it to breath and grow healthier. 

Here are some of our favorite mowers:

Lawn care doesn't have to be an intimidating process. We are here to make it as smooth as your future lawn! Contact your local Taylor’s Do it Center for more information on how to revamp your lawn for the fall months!