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Mark an Item Off Your Fall Checklist – Aerating and Fertilizing

Fall is the perfect time to aerate and fertilize your lawn in preparation for the cold winter months. And with the weather turning cold already, it is a good idea to do this sooner rather than later. The benefit of aerating in conjunction with fertilizing is that it helps the lawn breathe better, in essence by loosening thatch and reducing compaction that occurs when the ground gets hard and frozen. Not to mention, aerating and fertilizing assist in growth by increasing the amount of air and water in your lawn.

Lawn AerationAerating Your Lawn

Aeration machines make the actual process of aerating much simpler than it sounds. There are a few important steps to consider however, just to be sure you’re effectively combing the lawn. The following process is proven effective by The CISCO Company, an industry seed expert.

  1. Make sure the soil profile has had adequate moisture so a plug can be pulled
  2. Set the depth of the aerator at about 2″
  3. Begin at the longest side of the lawn and make runs back and forth, overlapping
  4. When the entire lawn is finished, begin a second pass at a 30 to 40 degree angle

[Note: Several trips may be beneficial]

Endure WinterizerApplying Fertilizer

Fertilizer is crucial for fall because it feeds your lawn with the proper mix of nutrients and allows it to recover from the sweltering summer months. Since it is already late in October, the suggested fertilizer is one that stimulates root development and ensures a quick green-up in the spring. Apply winter fertilizer (Winterizer) after the top growth is finished, but the ground is not frozen. This will ensure growth of the root mass. Some of the benefits of using a winter root builder:

  • Earth-friendly organics for natural slow release and iron
  • Iron for dark green grass
  • Nitrogen feeds and grows roots

Aerating and fertilizing really is not a complicated task on your fall checklist. However, it is one that will make a huge impact on your lawn, and one that is incredibly beneficial when done correctly. For more information about lawn aeration, find more posts here. Or, if you would like more information about the fertilizing process, please contact one of our experts.

About the Author

Tempe Thompson is a sales and inventory expert at Runyon Equipment Rental. She has over 35 years of experience and has accumulated a tremendous amount of knowledge and expertise. She could talk for hours about how to use all of Runyon’s tools and equipment, in addition to suggesting which type corresponds to a certain application.

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How to Choose the Right Sod Cutter

Sod Cutter

Want to clear grass? Whether you are simply trying to clear grass from your driveway, beginning a DIY project to improve your lawn or engaging in professional landscaping, a sod cutter will make your life easier. A sod cutter does a complete job of cutting grass from the roots and exposing the bare ground underneath. The cutting blades with adjustable angles allow a fine and deep cut, even when the soil conditions and depth vary.

Sod cutters come in different types.

  • kick sod cutter is more ideal to cut long and narrow strips of sod. This cutter comes with two long handles anchored with a cross bar. Kicking the cross bar moves the cutter along.
  • motorized sod cutter is the easiest to operate and is the best option to remove large quantities of sod. The operator raises the blade and sets the cutter in place before lowering the blade, starting the engine, shifting into gear and beginning the cutting process. The blade may be adjusted depending on the depth of the cut required.

It makes sense to rent a sod cutter rather than buy one, as you do not need this tool on a daily basis, and it is imperative to choose the right type of sod cutter to ensure a job well done, without breaking your back. Motorized sod cutters require extensive maintenance, including monitoring the oil levels, regular cleaning and adjustments, as well as installation of replacement blades. Renting a sod cutter often makes more financial sense and offers you flexibility as well.

Whether you choose to rent or buy, a sod cutter can make any landscaping job a breeze. Check out your options and decide which type of cutter is the right one for you and your job!

About the Author

Tempe Thompson is a sales and inventory expert at Runyon Equipment Rental. She has over 35 years of experience and has accumulated a tremendous amount of knowledge and expertise. She could talk for hours about how to use all of Runyon’s tools and equipment, in addition to suggesting which type corresponds to a certain application.

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