Cover a brown, dead lawn with a lush, green carpet of grass. Control stray grass growth, and you’ll save hours of time maintaining your planting beds.
Testing your soil’s pH level is an important first step in a lawn makeover. Learn how to start a brand-new warm-season lawn or patch an existing one using plugs or sprigs. But, operating them isn’t much more difficult than mowing your lawn with a self-propelled mower. And in the summer the family dog — not to mention your kids — will appreciate the time you spend now. You generally can rent aerating machines from home improvement stores or garden centers for between $60 and $80, depending on how long you’ll need the machine. Be sure to factor in time you’ll need to spend cleaning up the machine before you return it.