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When it comes to important home improvements, a bad lawn sticks out like a sore thumb if it is in poor condition. Most of the 'problem' lawns we received inquiries about were planted over 30 years ago. Just as research has benefited medicine, so has it benefited horticulture.

Great strides have been made in breeding improved varieties of turf grass that are far superior to older varieties of grass. Many new cultivars have improved growth characteristics as well as 'built-in' resistance to insects and disease. These new turf varieties can be easily introduced into a lawn during lawn renovation procedures.

Definition of a 'Cultivar'

A "cultivated variety" of a plant that shows improved growth characteristics

Video of a Lawn Renovation in Fall


Same lawn 3 weeks later:



Thick thatch creates problem spots in a lawn

While surveying older problem lawns, we usually find a thick thatch layer contributing to many of the lawn's problems. These thatch layers often measure over one-inch in depth. While lawn aeration, liming and dethatching will help prevent this sort of undesirable thatch layer from developing, we've found these super-thick thatch layers should be removed with a sod cutter. Starting a new lawn from bare soil completely eliminates the existing thatch problem and allows for planting of all new and improved turfgrass varieties.

Shade lawn
The next spring after a Fall lawn renovation
on a shady lawn in Mt Lebanon, Pa.

Alternatives to major lawn renovation

For those clients who desire less costly measures, we can offer suggestions for making more gradual improvements to your home lawn. But whichever way you decide to go, it's very important to work with nature while performing any successful lawn improvement program, and that means either the Spring or Fall in Pennsylvania.


While desire seems to run much higher for this sort of activity in the Spring, we still recommend Fall as being the best season for success. September is the best lawn improvement month in Pennsylvania.


One of our top requests for lawn renovation always came from homeowners who wanted to get rid of invasive Zoysia grass, due to its straw brown color during the dormant season, which ended up being most of the year in Pennsylvania.
Zoysia grass remains straw brown all winter in the northeast


Renovating a lawn in September, at the best time of the year for lawn renovations, can bring this sort of result.

New lawn

Recommendations for growing a new lawn in the shade include setting your lawnmower for a 2" to 3" high cut so the grass blades can intercept more light.

Thick lawn in shade
Thick growing lawns also help prevent weeds!


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