Raking is the first trick of the trade, thatch that is too thick won’t allow your lawn to breath. Aerating is next, compaction of the soil is hard to avoid in Virginia and aerating is the key to getting air and nutrients to the roots. During this process it’s an ideal time to do 2 things: 1. lime if your soil if it’s showing signs of acidity ( you can have a sample tested through the county extension office) and 2. overseed and feed with a slow release nitrogen fertilizer. Spring is not the ideal time to overseed so if you can wait until fall then do so. If you’ve got a particular area in your yard that’s struggling, someone from our team at Windridge Landcaping can come out and take a look at possible problems like drainage. Tune up your lawn mower and you’re ready to go.