57- Does my lawn need aeration?

Fall is a great time to aerate. Aeration, either core aeration or liquid aeration, can be very beneficial to a lawn, breaking up compaction and improving the environment for your grass. If you're on a budget, aeration can give you a lot of benefit for comparatively little money. How do you know if you need to aerate? How can you tell if your soil is compacted? Find out in this episode of Eco Lawn Science.

Are you lucky enough to live in a place where water is cheap? That's awesome! But you still shouldn't run your sprinklers too often or too long. Besides the waste of resources, you could be opening your lawn up to a whole host of issues. In some cases, more water means more problems. To learn more, check out today's episode of Eco Lawn Science.

We're into August and heading towards "The Final Hurdle," as Ete refers to this last push in the struggle to keep lawns healthy through the summer. What should your expectations be for your lawn during this time of year? What sort of problems should you be watching out for right now? What specific steps can you take to help your lawn get through? Ete discusses this and more in this episode of Eco Lawn Science.

Happy 50th episode! We never expected anyone to actually listen to this podcast except maybe our mom. But you're out there! And you're listening! We love that and we're so grateful to you. Really. Thank you so much.

Today Ete discusses lawn care subscription boxes. Subscription boxes are everywhere these days, and lawn care services are getting in on the action. Who would a subscription service be good for? What are the possible pros and cons of this kind of service? What kind of subscription service should you look for? Ete takes a look at all of this in this episode of Eco Lawn Science.

Weeds. What are they and how do you get rid of them? Today's episode is an overview of weeds. Ete discusses some often overlooked steps in controlling weeds: identifying the weed, identifying the category the weed belongs to, and understanding its life cycle. You'll learn some of the terminology you'll often hear in the weed control world. Ete brings it all together to help you kill those unwanted plants more effectively.

Your lawn was looking great just a few weeks ago, but now patches of your grass are turning brown. What's going on? Is it a fungus? Do you have insects? Did your lawn company burn your lawn? At this time of year there's a good chance you're looking at drought stress. Today Ete discusses how to determine if you have drought stress and what to do about it.

Do You Have Drought Stress?

If your lawn looks similar to these images below then you likely have drought stress. Here are some ways to identify and prevent drought stress:

Learn The 4 Stages of Drought Stress & How To Fix It

Stage 1: 

During the first stage of drought stress, your turf grass will take on a bluish-gray appearance. Take a walk on your lawn and look for footprints left behind, a key indicator of a dry lawn. 

Hot To Fix: Make sure your regular deep root watering to help the turf grass regain its moisture and recover within a day or two.

Stage 2:

The second stage of drought stress is considered the tipping point because it’s the last stage where regular watering can revive your lawn. It’s also the phase right before all lawn growth stops. During this stage , turf grass growth is slowed and your lawn may appear patchy. This is due to unequal moisture reserves in your soil—some parts have more reservoirs, some less. Blades of grass start to fold in an attempt to conserve moisture and areas with compacted or poor soil dry out first. 

How To Fix:  Regular deep root watering can revitalize the lawn over a period of three to five days.

Stage 3:

The third stage is when your lawn shuts down all—or almost all—growth and begins to ration resources. Your lawn takes on a greenish-brown color. Any mowing during this period can damage the leaves, stems and crowns.
Your lawn will need aggressive irrigation or heavy rainfall over a period of several days. 

How To Fix:  When your lawn finally replenishes enough moisture to begin repairing itself, you can expect recovery to take 10 to 14 days if watering returns to normal.

Stage 4:

This stage is pure survival mode for your turf grass. There is no effort made to retain greenness above ground—your lawn will be completely brown. Turf will start to thin, but the crown and root tissues will remain alive. 

How To Fix:  Recovery includes thorough, deep and repeated watering or heavy rainfall for a period of 14 to 21 days. Unfortunately, any sections of your lawn suffering from poor soil may never recover.

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