|Action Rents, Inc
Rentals - Sales - Service
| (217) 893-8900
|417 S Century, Rantoul, Il 61866 (217) 893-8900
|(ARA) - Every year around this time, there’s at least one yard in the
neighborhood everyone wishes were their own. It has the perfectly manicured
lawn, the rounded hedges and the flowers that just won’t quit blooming.
As you look at your own lawn, with the weeds and brown spots, you wonder
where you went wrong. After all, you were out there mowing as much as your
neighbors were last year.
Well, time to let you in on a little secret. Not only did those neighbors you envy
so much spend time mowing their lawn, they also dethatched their lawn,
aerated it, used a rototiller to turn up the dead patches and reseeded, and
they also carefully re-edged along the sidewalks before winter set in.
|What is thatch?
Thatch is a layer of dead stems, roots and clippings between the soil’s surface and the green vegetation,
which keeps the lawn from receiving vital nutrients. If a layer of 1/2 inch or more of thatch builds on your
lawn, water and air cannot reach the grass’ roots. This causes your lawn to look yellow and lifeless. A
rental dethatcher — also known as a power rake, a turf rake or a thatcher — can help clean up the
thatch from your lawn. A dethatcher slices through the turf using steel flail blades and lifts the thatch to
Why dethatch your yard?
Healthy vs. diseased lawn. Too much thatch buildup invites insects and disease to your lawn. Renting
and using a dethatcher lets you remove the thatch, so that water and nutrients can penetrate the soil for
a healthier lawn.
Why aerate your lawn?
Heavy-traffic and clay-like areas of the lawn make it prone to soil compaction. The process of aerating
involves removing plugs of soil to allow water, air and nutrients to penetrate previously compacted soil or
thatch-covered areas and reach the roots of the grass.
Easy do-it-yourself project. Aerating your lawn using a rented aerator is the perfect task for do-it-
yourselfers, who want a beautiful lawn, but do not want to subject themselves to the high-pressure sales
tactics of a professional lawn service.
|All lawn and garden DIY info is courtesy of RantalHQ.com.
|Lawn Care Tips
Sound like an expensive proposition? It would have been had they hired a lawn service, or bought all the
tools they needed, but they did the entire project themselves with rented tools.
According to the American Rental Association (ARA), more and more people are turning to rented
equipment and tools for their home improvement projects. Not only does renting offer significant cost
savings, it is convenient as well. When you rent tools, you don’t have to worry about equipment
maintenance or storage. You will also be able to take advantage of expert advice from a rental
professional. These trained professionals will be able to guide you in the right direction and give you tips
on how to operate the equipment in the safest and most effective way. They can also help you select the
correct tools for your project.
For example, if you visit your local rental business and say your lawn is looking sparse and brown, they’ll
tell you that thatch -- the layer of interwoven grass, leaves and stems that blocks water and nutrients from
reaching the roots -- is the likely culprit.
To pull out the old thatch, you’ll be urged to rent a dethatcher, also called a power rake, which will remove
the tangle of grass clippings, leaves and stems that have collected in your grass.
The next step will be to rent an aerator, which is a gas-powered machine that actually pokes holes in the
earth and removes cores of dirt as it goes. The holes allow nutrients, air and moisture to penetrate your
lawn's root system. Once that’s done, you’ll need to get out there and tackle the weeds.
If you have any patches that are all weeds and no grass, you can use a rototiller to turn up the ground
and then reseed. You’ll also want to rent an edger once or twice during the season to give your lawn that
well cared for look.
With a little effort and some cost-effective rental tools, your lawn may just become the pride of the
For more ideas on using rental equipment for improving your lawn visit:
Action Rents in Rantoul, 417 S Century 893-8900.
|Why use a Slit Seeder / Power Seeder?
If your lawn is thin and patchy, or if you're just looking for year round green and want to put a cool
season grass in for the months when your warm season grass is dormant, or vice versa, overseeding is
the technique of choice.
Lawn overseeding can help you take your lawn from so so to sensational, but just throwing some seed on
your old turf won't get you the great lawn you're going for. Follow these tips to make sure you do
Time it Right
If you're overseeding with a cool season grass, do it in the fall, the peak growing time for cool season
grasses. For warm season grasses, think spring.
Prep your Soil
You need to give the new seeds the most hospitable home possible. Remove thatch, and consider
aerating your lawn. Loosen the soil with a strong raking as well. This is also a great time to test your soil
and amend your soil, whether it's upping its phosphorous levels or adjusting its ph.
Mow Your Lawn Short
One of the big reasons to avoid scalping your lawn most of the time is that it opens your lawn up to
weeds. But the same conditions that give weeds an easy entrance also make it easy for you newly
overseeded lawn to take hold. You want your new lawn seeds to have as much contact with the soil as
possible, so scalp away.
Sow Seed Heavily
For lawn overseeding to succeed, you need a lot of seeds. You should plan to double the seeding you
would do if you were putting the seeds down on straight soil with no existing turf. We recommend Slit
Seeding / Power Seeding your lawn in a cross hatch pattern.
Baby Your Lawn
Even though you have existing turf, your new sprouts are just as delicate as a completely new lawn, so
treat your yard accordingly. Fertilize, water, water, water, and stay off the grass for a few weeks.