It seems a little counterintuitive, but now is a great time to give your lawn a little pick-me-up for next spring and summer. Here are some suggestions to get you started:
Aerate your soil each Fall to help your soil better absorb air and water, to promote better root growth, and to control thatch (grass stems and roots and other organic matter that builds up between the base of the grass and the soil surface). Many landscape companies offer an aeration service, or you can rent or buy aeration tools to do it yourself.
You may also want to top-dress, or spread compost and grass seed on top of existing grass, to promote new growth and help to speed up the breakdown of organic matter which will release valuable nutrients into your soil.
If your lawn is more like a patch of weeds than the green oasis you desire, then it might make sense to remove your old lawn and start over. If this is the case, consider replacing your old lawn with a water efficient variety, eco lawn, or a lawn alternative such as a steppable ground cover.
Whether you choose to revitalize your existing lawn, or start over with a new lawn or lawn alternative, remember that both will require regular watering until established. If our wet weather continues, you may be able to rely on mother nature to do your watering for you.
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