When and why should I aerate my yard?


Grasses fall into two different categories, warm season and cool season.


Warm season grasses such as bermuda, zoysia, buffalo grass and many more begin their growth period in the summer.  If you aerate your yard in late spring to early summer the time period of growth will increase rapidly and fill in those holes you created.


Cool season grasses such as fescue, ryegrass, Kentucky bluegrass and more emerge in the fall due to reduced weed competition.  You must time fall aeration to allow at least four weeks of growth before the first freeze.


Aerating will allow water, air, and fertilizer to penetrate all the way down to the roots.  This in turn allows the roots to grow deeper and creates a thicker and healthier lawn.


When is the appropriate time to trim the shrubs in my yard?


The answer is, you may not need to...


Many flowering shrubs grow very well and stay at a manageable height and do not need pruning at all, so if your shrub is flowering every year, looks great and is a good size, leave it alone because it will not need assistance for a great appearance.


A key indicators that allow you to know when a shrub does need pruning are: the flowers decrease overtime like roses and lilacs.


Two basic rules of thumb:

Spring flowering shrubs should be pruned after flowering

Summer flowering shrubs should be pruned in the fall or winter


What is the right height to cut a yard? 


The primary rule is to cut off one-third of the turf at one time


The recommended height for your lawn varies depending on the type of grass.  Most grasses thrive when cut at 2 to 3 inches in the fall and spring.  Set your cutting deck higher in the summer, so grass can soak in the sun, allowing it to grow and develop into the lawn your neighbors envy.


Mulch


There is probably not a more effective maintenance practice in the landscape than mulching.


 Depending on the site and the plant's size apply two to four inches of mulch.  Landscaping fabric or (weed barriers) is certainly a preference but our team of landscapers here at Chase Lawn & Landscape do not recommend it, bermuda can grow through it and eventually the mulch decomposes and weed seed germinates on the surface of the fabric exposing the black fabric.  Omitting the fabric allows for better oxygen and water penetration to the plant roots.