Dream Lawn Tips


August & September

Fall Lawn Improvements

Call to get on the schedule now. It’s never too early to plan for a lush, green lawn for next Spring!

Soil test results are ready for review.  The results will indicate which Fall improvements will deliver the most optimal results. Fall is the best time to prep for spring because warm soil temperatures yield quick grass germination. Plus, crabgrass and other weeds are nearing the end of their life cycle, and won’t compete with new grass.

Fall Lawn Improvements may include: 

  • Core Aeration – Improves the flow of air, water, and nutrients through the soil.
  • Overseeding – Fills in bare spots and improves density of the turf without disturbing the existing lawn.  Introduces new grass species to an existing lawn.
  • Compost Topdressing – Increases organic matter, providing nutrients and beneficial microbes. Improves soil structure, water infiltration, and uneven spots in the lawn.  Reduces thatch along with watering and winter damage.
  • Lime Application – Keeping the right pH will allow soil to uptake maximum nutrients.
Irrigation Tips




Adjust Your Watering Schedule to Reduce Disease

During humid weather, and if the nighttime temperatures remain in the 80’s, shift irrigation cycles to later in the morning. Avoid long cycles that cause puddling or ponding of water in low areas.

If the turf dies off in spots or irregular patches, discontinue watering and call Safe Lawns of Salem for a consultation.

Fall Irrigation Improvements

Fall is the best time to perform lawn improvements.  Warm soil temperatures yield quick germination.  Crabgrass and other weeds are nearing the end of their life cycle, and won’t compete with the new grass. 

New seeding should be watered twice per day, every day.  Water in the morning and late afternoon or evening for best results. More frequent, short duration watering is best for the first 3 to 4 weeks after new seeding; or until the second mowing.

Return your system to a “maintenance” program cycle after the second mowing.