Spring and fall are great times to give your lawn a good core aeration to improve its ability to take in water, oxygen, and nutrients. By aerating, you are helping break down thatch buildup, which blocks the flow of nutrients, water, and fertilizers to the roots of your lawn. Core aeration is one of the most beneficial steps to take to get a green and healthy lawn.
In the spring and fall, it's a good idea to clean up and remove any debris that has accumulated on your lawn and in your landscapes. This includes leaves, sticks, branches, seedpods, and any other organic debris. Leaves are the main focus. If they are left on your lawn for too long, they will smother the grass, not allow sunlight to penetrate, and can cause mold and disease.
If your lawn has over a 1/2 inch of thatch, we recommend de-thatch your lawn in the spring. This can be done with a rake by hand, or for larger areas, a power rake or de-thatcher can do all the work for you. The de-thatcher will remove all the dead grass and organic matter and leave it on top of your lawn. The thatch is then cleaned up and removed. This allows water and nutrients to be much more effective in keeping your lawn healthy.