Aeration – 5 Reasons to Aerate Your Lawn

Aeration involves perforating the soil with small holes to allow air, water and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots. See why you need to aearate your lawn this fall.

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What is Dethatching?

What is Dethatching?

“Dethatching” lawns refers to the mechanical removal from a lawn of the layer of dead turfgrass tissue known as “thatch.” This residue is bad for your grass, as it keeps water and nutrients from seeping down to grass roots.

Easy Dethatching tip:

Pushing rake tines deeply down into the grass when you are raking leaves in the fall is an easy step you can take towards dethatching lawns for minor cases of thatch build up.

In worse cases, core aeration may be necessary for dethatching lawns properly. If you have badly compacted soil, that’s another reason to aerate your lawn.

You have three options when it comes to core aeration:

Hire a lawn service to do the job
Rent a core aerator
Buy an aerator

The best two options are either to hire a lawn service or to rent a core aerator. When it comes to buying, not only is cost an issue, but storage is an issue as well.

And how would you pick between the other two options? Well, if you’re not physically up to the job, don’t live near a rental center or just plain don’t like gadgets very much, it might make sense for you to choose to hire a lawn service like Dreamlawns to conduct this work.

Alternate Spellings: de-thatching

Common Misspellings: dethaching

Our Seeding services are customized for your property

You can be assured you’ll enjoy superior results with our seeding and aerating services. We understand that each property is unique. Our experienced team knows which seeds to use and how they should be applied for the most beautiful lawn imaginable.

Property owners have counted on us for our expert seeding services since 1996. We’re a locally-owned business, which makes it easy for us to address questions or issues that may arise after completing our work. You will enjoy working with true professionals. What to expect:

High-quality seeds used
Seeds selected to suit your property
Expert application procedures
Proper turf aeration
Professional dethatching
Lawn monitored for growth
Superior results

Whether your property is in a sunny or shady location, we can nurture a beautiful lawn with our expert seed application, core aerating & lawn care services.

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How to protect trees & shrubs in winter

What can I do to protect my delicate trees and shrubs this winter?

The Lower Tidewater region is unique because we enjoy warm summer weather that is ideal for tropical trees and succulents. Unfortunately, we can also experience harsh winter temperatures and high winds that can severely damage tender plants. Wrapping palms and other tropical trees in plastic sheeting is NOT advised in our specific area, because the winter temperature fluctuations can cause condensation inside the plastic, which can lead to rot and specific types of fungus. Our tree and shrub care expert, Dave Planelles, recommends applying an anti-transpirant product such as AquaLock to any ornamental plants that are susceptible to winter burn, because it protects by forming a “thin, flexible, water-repellent layer on plant surfaces” to insulate and prevent damage.

Other recommendations from Dave to keep your shrubs healthy this winter, include keeping the mulch level around the base of the plant at NO MORE than TWO inches deep. If the mulch layer is too thick, it may cause harm to the plant by preventing proper nutrients from being absorbed, and can (in some cases) suffocate the plant. In our region, two inches of mulch is more than enough to insulate and protect the roots and retain the right amount of moisture. Dave also recommends considering a light application of a low-nitrogen, organic 3-4-3 product, such as our “Replenish” top dressing compost fertilizer to help gently feed roots over the winter. If there are disease/pest concerns, having an application of dormant horticultural oil will help to smother any lingering scale bugs and their eggs, as well as protect against diseases like blight on new growth in early spring.

Over the next two weeks, Dave will begin applications for customers who purchase an AquaLock treatment for their delicate ornamentals. If you’d like an estimate for the cost of an AquaLock treatment for your at-risk shrubs and trees this winter, or for more information on Dave’s Annual Tree & Shrub Program, please contact our office and Dave will be happy to stop by to evaluate and quote pricing for you!

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