In the paragraphs to come I have described some important tasks that you must do in proper sequence to achieve your goal. At the end you will have some basic steps to beautify your lawn. The results will amaze you!
About three-fourths of lawn problems are due to thatch. Haven’t heard this before?
Thatch is an accumulation of grass clippings and other types of debris such as dead leaves that collect in your lawn during the growing season. When the thatch has not been removed, lawn diseases, weed seeds, and insects take up a permanent resident raving havoc. This buildup of thatch also prevents penetration of nutrients, water and any weed control substances. De-thatching is recommended at least once every 24 months. Without doing this you will not achieve your goal of a beautiful lawn and your time and money would have been a losing battle. Now your probably sitting there biting your finger nails waiting for me to tell you how this is done, Right? Well, its not an easy process but some are faster and easier. Certainly doing it by hand with a rake is the most economical way but is also the most time consuming. Renting a de-thatcher from your local lawn and garden equipment would be the fastest but more expensive. The last and probably the best way I think is to connect an Arnold power rake to your lawn mower. It is the cheapest, quickest and simplest way to de-thatch your lawn. If you are a visual person and would like to see this in action check out the video below for a quick instruction.
The best time of year to de-thatch is April through May or later in the year between August and September. Your results will double if you do it both times of the year.
After de-thatching, replace the Arnold de-thatching power rake with a newly sharpened lawn mower blade, never use a dull blade it can caused more damage than those pesky little insects. Drop the blade just above the green grass and mow. Compile all the grass clippings and take them to compost pile.
Most homeowners feed their lawn in early spring where only a few feed in the fall. This is not enough food for your lawn. After you de-thatch and mow, feed your lawn half the recommended rate starting in the spring. An Scott’s spreader will get the job done in a professional manner. Use liquid lawn food every three weeks at only 20 percent of the recommended use. I suggest liquid food over dry food because the liquid will penetrate on contact where you have to water more for the dry food to brake down and then move into action.