The snowfall in Michigan is nothing that anyone can really ignore. While during November and December most people don’t mind the snow, it never stops there. Us Michiganders know that it can take weeks or even months after the New Year for the snow to clear. Just thinking about it can get exhausting for us, however, it can also be pretty exhausting for your turf – especially when the snow lasts well into the spring season.
Spring is when your turf should start to thrive. There are a few different things that you can do to prepare your turf for the spring – specifically one would be to aerate and overseed your turf. There are many reasons that your turf might need to have these services done and this blog will take you through them all.
Normally your lawn doesn’t get as much action in the winter as it does in the summer. However, excess snow is heavy and can lead to soil with no room to breathe. Similarly in the spring, a lot of foot traffic can lead to compacted soil as well. When it happens in the winter, your lawn may struggle with whatever growing season schedule you have in mind for the next few months. Your lawn care routine could go to waste if you don’t aerate first because of the lack of airflow that will eventually allow nutrients to make their way through your lawn.
At this point, you are probably unsure what you can even do for the soil underneath your turf. The simple answer is: dig it up. That’s essentially what traditional aeration is. It consists of skilled, purposeful holes that are stuck about one to three inches deep and pulled up. At first, this can look like it does more harm than good, but once it is fully healed, your turf will thrive.
When the healing process starts, that is where overseeding comes in and helps ramp it up. The name for this lawn care service is pretty fitting. You simply take the seed blend that is best suited for your lawn and lay a very generous amount throughout your property. Since your lawn has already been aerated, the seed will go deeper than it normally would without aeration. Once the seed has been planted, you just need to follow a proper irrigation schedule and your lawn will be thriving in no time!
Get Your Lawn Aerated This Spring With Alpine Tree and Lawn Now!
Here at Alpine, we know that it can be tough to keep up to date with what is going on with your lawn. That’s why we’re around to do it for you. If you feel like your lawn exhibits any of the symptoms of soil compaction, it’s not too late to fix it with aeration! Don’t forget to help revitalize your turf by following it up with overseeding.