Lawn Improvement Projects & Tips

It's Time to Rejuvenate Your Lawn

Whether you just purchased or inherited a home, or are simply ready to upgrade your curb appeal, this page will offer you tips and guides to improve your lawn. In one season you can dramatically improve the health and appearance of your lawn, but you have to make informed decisions and know what to do and when to do it.

In short your 1-season lawn renewal will involve:

  • Soil Test & Amendments As-Needed – if you don’t know what your soil has and what it lacks, you’re going to be guessing about what fertilizer and soil amendments to apply to your lawn. This wastes your time and money, and investing in a good soil test can save you both and get you AMAZING results.
  • Pre-Emergent Application in the Spring – Whether you use an organic or chemical product, blocking the germination of annual weed seeds will allow your lawn to thicken up and thrive.
  • Annual Big Project Weekend – A combination of dethatching, core aeration, overseeding, and top-dressing can be completed comfortably during a 3-day weekend in the spring or fall, and these projects will transform your yard.
  • Adequate Water – plants need water to live and thrive, and your grass is no exception. Understanding how much water your lawn is getting naturally, and when you should supplement responsibly with irrigation is critical to maintaining a healthy lawn.
These articles are some of my most popular guides for big lawn projects, and are a great place to start planning your lawn improvement journey:

Below I share links to additional articles on a range of topics that may be of interest to you as you work to improve your lawn’s health and appearance. Please scroll down the page and read any and all articles that are of interest.

Assessing the Damage

The first step to improving your lawn is to understand what the key problems you’re dealing with are. Is there dead or damaged grass? Thin or patchy areas? Get an idea of what you’re up against and what will be involved in tackling your lawn renovation.

How to Fix a Dead Lawn

How to Fix a Dead Lawn

Many different elements and circumstances can lead to lawn damage. Improper or inadequate watering, a long period of extremely hot weather, and intensely cold weather

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Tips for Improving Your Lawn Season-by-Season

Tackling lawn renovation projects at the wrong time of year is often a waste of time and money. Here are some articles that will help you learn the basics of what to do in the spring and fall to improve your yard.

Understanding & Improving Your Soil

A great lawn is built from the ground up, and understanding what’s in your soil and whether the pH level and nutrients are limiting your lawn’s performance is key to unlocking the full potential of your turf and having a head-turning lawn.

Lawn Fertilization Basics

There’s a lot to learn about fertilizing your lawn, what products to use, and when to use them for best results. Let’s start with the basics:

Learn How to Achieve a Deep Green Grass Color

Understanding how your grass grows and the nutrients it needs (and when it needs them) will help you green up your lawn and establish a healthy, resilient yard that can persist through the dog days of summer while your neighbor’s lawn fades to brown.

Overseed to Renew & Thicken Your Lawn

Ask any homeowner with a great lawn and they’ll tell you that annual or bi-annual overseeding is one of the cheapest and best ways to maintain a thick and healthy lawn. 

Overseeding is the practice of spreading new grass seed on an established lawn to thicken and rejuvenate it. A thick, healthy lawn is one of your best defenses against weeds, and it’s a natural and easy way to repair lawn damage that can occur over time.

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