Classic Lawns


FALL 2011

I know that this summer has been tough on lawns.  I don’t think that anybody’s lawn looks too good right now.  Well as tempting as it is to sit around and complain about it, that is not going to fix anything.  So, let’s roll up our sleeves, dig in and fix our lawns.


In August, I left recommendations on how to improve your lawn.  A core aeration would be on the top of the list.  Kansas State University recommends that lawns be aerated twice a year.  I am jumping up and down if I can get my customers to aerate every other year.  I know core aeration is a tough sell.  The benefits of the core aeration are not immediately noticed.  It is not like I core aerate your lawn and two days later it looks like a championship golf course.  The benefits of core aeration are:

  • Less compacted soil
  • Better air & water movement in soil
  • Reduction of thatch

All of this happens underground, so the benefits are not seen right away.  Over time lawns that are routinely core aerated are healthier, thicker and darker green.


The proper time to aerate for the Fall season is September and October.  So, if you have not had your lawn core aerated yet, it is not too late. A core aeration is one of the best things you can do for your lawn.


So for a greener lawn, here is your step by step ‘FIX IT’ plan:

1. Fertilize. Today’s fertilizer will help lawn start recovering.

2. Water.  With cooler temps, a little extra water will go a long way.

3. Core Aerate. Schedule a core aeration to improve lawns roots and your soil.

4. Spot Seed.  Spot seed poor/thin areas with Turf-Type Tall Fescue

5. Over Seed.  Over seed and verticut large damaged areas.


Please call me with any questions or if I can help you with anything.  Thanks!


Cary Carlson