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Improving the Health of your Soil



If your lawn is suffering from brown patches, sparse or irregular growth, or pale grass there are steps you can take to help encourage a healthier developing process. The soil beneath your grass creates an ecosystem for your lawn to grow and when you do too little, or too much, to that ecosystem you can trigger an imbalance. An unhealthy lawn can often be contributed to thatch, or the layer of dead grass and grass roots that has accumulated on top of the soil surface, generally a result of over-fertilizing. A thick layer of thatch blocks airflow, nutrient movement, and moisture retention. Although a thick layer will damage your lawn it isn’t necessary to remove all thatch. A thin layer provides protection to the healthy grass’s roots while a thick layer cuts off the roots’ lifeline.

If your lawn has a thin layer of thatch there is an easy do-it-yourself remedy. Using a steel-tine rake you can rake your lawn vigorously to reduce the thatch accumulation. A lawn with a dense layer of thatch will benefit best from using a dethatching machine. Your local lawn service or hardware store can help you determine which is best for your situation. After dethatching you will want to decrease the number of fertilizing treatments you apply to your lawn.

Check out Avant Garden Décor’s fertilizer options and have the grass be greener on your side of the fence.

 

Grass varieties to consider for your lawn

Generally speaking, there are two categories of grass – cool-season grass and warm-season grass. Cool-season grass is adapted to northern climates where peak growing occurs in the spring and fall but turn brown in hot summers. Most often cool-season grass seed is sold as a mixture of varieties in the event that one type doesn’t root well another will. Warm-season grasses grow best in Southern hot summers while the spring and fall create a dormant environment for them. This grass type is denser than its cool-season counterparts and is mostly laid as a sod rather than grown from seeds.

Depending on where you live there are certain grasses that will fare better than others. Here are a few of our favorite varieties:
- Bluegrass – a cooler northern area favorite, bluegrass thrives on sunlight, good soil and a regular water supply.
- St. Augustine – warm climates featuring sandy soil grow this blue-green variety well.
- Bermuda – highly weed resistant and draught tolerant, the Bermuda variety can serve well in the winter when overseeded with rye.
- Buffalo – a native to North America, this grass is draught-resistant.

Regardless of which grass variety you choose, Avant Garden Décor has all the products you need to achieve a lush, green lawn. Check out our lawn care shop here.

 

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