Fading Bloom

Summer, like an aging starlet, once young and fetching, wears her heart upon her sleeve.  Fading looks and waning attention give her a melancholy air, and the future seems destined to carry on without her.  Soon, Summer will be nothing more than a hazy memory, no longer in the spot light.  September, after all, is merely a day away, and with it comes the official start of Autumn.

Autumn Tree

Autumn offers a plethora of opportunities in the garden and landscape.  Opportunities to right some wrongs, implement preventative measures, and plant for next Spring.  As you know, late Summer/early Fall offers the perfect conditions in which to seed a lawn.  It’s also the ideal time to aerate.

Core Aeration

Aerations can be likened to vitamins – part of a healthy lifestyle when combined with proper year round care and maintenance.  Although aerations can be performed in Spring, Sweeney’s believes Fall is the best time and offers the greatest benefit.

Core Aeration Explained

So, what’s aeration?  Aeration is the process in which soil compaction and thatch build up is relieved through removing cores/plugs of soil that are then left on the surface to act as topdressing.  Essentially, aeration allows for better air circulation, and the effective penetration of nutrients and water.  It also allows the soil to relax and expand while promoting microbial activity.  Additionally, aerations have proven to mitigate certain fungal diseases while discouraging the growth of weeds.  Lawns that are aerated are healthier overall and tend to hold up better in periods of brief droughts – remaining green and actively growing.

Core Aeration

Many landscape companies only aerate in one direction (i.e. north to south OR east to west).  Sweeney’s aerates in two directions (both north and south AND east and west) allowing for the maximum amount of holes per square foot, which is recommended.

Aerated Lawn

Contact Sweeney’s today to schedule your aeration!  It’s a great way to insure your lawn faces dormancy in tip-top health and comes out swinging in Spring.

Plant of the Week

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Desert Plains Fountain Grass

Graceful arching, finely textured grass grows in a vase shaped clump.  Feathery, bottlebrush-shaped flowers emerge dusky purple and age to tan in September – October.  Green foliage turns shades of red, orange and gold in Fall.  Prefers full sun and moist, well-drained soil.  Grows 24-36″ high and 3-4′ wide.  Deer resistant.

“The foliage has been losing its freshness through the month of August, and here and there a yellow leaf shows itself like the first gray hair amidst the locks of a beauty who has seen one season too many…”

-Oliver Wendell Holmes

Best wishes,

Kim Sweeney