Luscious Lawns

by | Mar 2, 2024 | Market News

Spring is the ideal time to spruce up your lawn. After a long winter, you can easily see where any bald, bare, or thin patches exist, as well as where weeds or fungus may be gaining a stronghold. Fortunately, with a little guidance, Spring lawn renovation is easy!  We recommend using Coast of Maine® Organic & Natural Black Earth Lawn Soil when reconditioning lawns and filling in bare spots. This exceptional product is an organic compost-based top soil, designed for top-dressing and repairing lawns, as well as general purpose use around the garden. It’s made from premium ingredients to retain moisture in order to facilitate grass seed germination.

Seeding
When planning to overseed an existing lawn, it is best to seed as early as possible. It is important to get seed germinated and growing before trees begin to leaf out and shade the seedlings. This is especially true in more heavily shaded areas.  We stock only the highest quality cool season grass seed blends selected to thrive in our area and tailored to your particular circumstances. Simply spread a ¼ to ½ inch layer of Coast of
Maine® Monhegan Blend™ Black Earth Lawn Soil over the existing turf where a thicker lawn is desired or where there are bald patches.  Scatter seed on the surface of your fresh soil.  Keep the soil surface evenly  moist at all times until the roots of the emerging young grass plants become established, you may then gradually decrease the frequency of watering.  As you water less frequently, you will begin watering more deeply to encourage long, strong roots. The new grass can be mowed when it reaches a height of about three inches.

Rejuvenating a Weak Lawn
Your lawn cannot live without air, water, and nutrients, but decaying material, matted down between, blades, can dramatically reduce each of these and will lead to a quickly declining and unhealthy lawn.  This decaying material is called thatch, and when a thick layer of thatch builds up, water and fertilizer may run off instead of penetrating the soil.  Dehatching your lawn can help rejuvenate it by restoring passageways to the soil. Late spring is an excellent time to dethatch cool-season grasses.  Thatching rakes may be used, or you can simply use a hard metal rake to scrap-up and remove thatch by hand.  Core aeration will also  greatly benefit weakening turf as it repairs soil compaction and, like dethatching, provides a clear path for air, water, and nutrients to reach grass roots. This process also aids in the reduction of lawn weeds. You may  hire a landscape professional to core aerate your lawn or rent the equipment to do it yourself.

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