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The simple answer is once per year. However, it can be a bit more complex, particularly depending on whether you have warm season or cool season grass and the particular needs of your yard.With regard to lawn care, how often is everyone aerating/dethatching/top dressing/overseeding/etc (separate from standard fertilizer treatments)?
Wow - this might be the first time ever where I have asked a question on the internet and the answer received is literally the exact same thing I am currently doing - right down to the Milorganite. I apply it 5x per year although the first application is done concurrently with scott’s crab grass preventer.The simple answer is once per year. However, it can be a bit more complex, particularly depending on whether you have warm season or cool season grass and the particular needs of your yard.
I am in a transitional zone and have a cool season grass. For cool season, overseeding should be done in either the fall or spring. You also want to be using pre-emergent on your lawn, but can't overseed and use pre-emergent at the same time. So, I overseed in the fall and use pre-emergent in the spring. That strategy could flip from year to year, depending on the type of weeds that I'm observing and the overall health of lawn. However, cool season grass tends to struggle after the summer, which is a reason why fall is a good time for me to overseed.
Fall is also the right time to aerate for cool season grass. Overseeding after aerating is a good strategy, which is another reason why I prefer to overseed in the fall, as opposed to the spring. Top dressing may or may not be necessary before overseeding. Depends on the needs of your individual lawn. Aerating is also a good way of addressing thatch, so I don't dethatch on top of aerating. Dethatching is often not as necessary as people think and can do damage. If you do need to dethatch, I would avoid the temptation to do it during the spring for cool season grass. What people often think is dead grass or excessive thatch is really just dormant grass that needs to wake up.
The above is all for cool season grass. If you have a warm season grass, the strategy can be quite different. I am big fan of the Lawn Care Nut for lawn tips and strategies. I highly recommend looking into his warm or cool season guides for a yearly plan. For fertilizer, he loves Milorganite. I've been using it for a bit. It's awesome.
Funny you say this as I also worked for a landscaper in my youth. We did 30 houses a day 4x per week. No hours. We started at 8am and when we were done we were done. I loved that job.I loathe yard work. The likely reason is I spent years as a youngster doing it for money. I can remember one summer I had so many yards to do it was a six day a week job. I even did the local church grounds for a few years and that was a two day job.
It’s too damned hot and humid in the summer here for it to be enjoyable. I sweat more mowing my lawn than I do at the gym.I loathe yard work. The likely reason is I spent years as a youngster doing it for money. I can remember one summer I had so many yards to do it was a six day a week job. I even did the local church grounds for a few years and that was a two day job.
I have Bermuda invading my yard from my neighbors. It's slowly taking over. Every summer it replaces a little more of the fescue. I've been waffling on just giving up and going full Bermuda, but I hate how it invades plant beds.If you have Bermuda, you can be extremely aggressive. Round Up doesn’t even kill that shit. It’s the alpha grass.
You may be able to choke up the Bermuda if your fescue is thick enough and cut tall. Otherwise, you are screwed. I don’t know of any selective herbicides that will successfully nuke Bermuda.I have Bermuda invading my yard from my neighbors. It's slowly taking over. Every summer it replaces a little more of the fescue. I've been waffling on just giving up and going full Bermuda, but I hate how it invades plant beds.
Roundup will kill it in early spring, when the other grass is growing but the Bermuda isn't yet.