The soil under a lawn becomes harder and more compact as the years pass. Between being rained on, trampled on, and played on, your yard takes a great deal of abuse. What can be done to loosen the soil while avoiding damage to the lawn grass? The answer is to aerate the lawn. The holes created from the aeration will allow oxygen and water to penetrate the soil more deeply. This will cause the roots to go deeper and stronger, allowing the lawn to become more resistant to drought and disease as a result.



Tall fescue is a cool-season grass that has a dark green tint year round. September and October are the best months to plant tall fescue. Grass seeded earlier could be subject to heat stress and diseases, while planting in later months leaves the plant vulnerable to colder weather. Fescue is also the recommend grass for homeowners who are looking for coverage in shady areas where other turfs cannot grow because of the lack of sunlight.



Perennial rye-grass is generally used to over-seed dormant warm-season lawns. They provide a green cover during the winter when the warm-season grasses go dormant and turn brown after frost. Also, they can be used as a winter cover to help prevent erosion on new lawns where the permanent grass has not been established. Rye-grass adapts well to either sun or shade. It is regularly used on athletic fields and golf courses, but is also available to homeowners.