Organic Lawn Fixes for Late Summer

Lawn at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin, being topdressed with compost. (Photo:

Is your lawn looking patchy? Mid-August to mid-September is the optimal time to renovate or establish lawns from seed. Here’s how:

  • Shade? Add shade-tolerant seed such as fescue to thin areas under dappled shade.
  • Crabgrass? Rip out crabgrass and add a blend of bluegrass and rye seed for heat and sun tolerance.
  • Moss or rock-hard dirt? Aerate (poke little holes in the soil), add compost, and seed.

If you’re facing tougher problems like grubs or Japanese Knotweed, have we got the post for you!

In general, any lawn will benefit from core aeration, compost application, and overseeding at this time of year. Adding this treatment you your annual maintenance will improve your soil, thicken turf, and reduce weeds over time.