When people talk about the wild, wild west, they mean this town. Driving cattle for sale in Kansas began here. Stockyards, oil companies, NASCAR racing, golf, parks, and streetcars up until 1938 were found here. You would think all this would mean Fort Worth grass would be trampled into mud as far as the eye can see.
That was once the case. However, the grass grew back. It has been the job of dedicated services like Lawn Love to aerate Fort Worth grass so that events can be held on it. A city with as much history and diversified business, education, and entertainment needs great lawn upon which to conduct it, yes? What yearly events will you enjoy when you tread on Fort Worth grass?
Cattle And The Chisolm Trail
The history: In 1867, Indian trader Jesse Chisolm founded the long-horn cattle-driving Chisolm Trail to Kansas. Today: those days are remembered and celebrated at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. Take the kids to the carnival, shop four acres of wares, hit the "moo-seum," and enjoy the live music, the aroma of incredible food, and of course, lots of cows.
The history: Fort Worth was getting tired of Dallas capturing all the attention and good stuff, especially the Centennial celebrations. So Fort Worth threw its own celebration, enticing a Broadway star to open the show. Today: Fort Worth, on its acres and acres of lush green aerated grass, is the annual host of the Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival. Nine blocks of Fort Worth from Weatherford Street to 9th Street are covered in booths, performing arts, food, music, art, handicrafts, and fun. Walk the red brick road as you have the kids' faces painted, listen to music, watch performers, view the art, look at people's craft work, and smell the amazing aromas in the air. Eat, dance, and be merry at Fort Worth's yearly arts celebration.
It's A Bird. It's A Plane!
The history: What would become Lockheed Martin began its life in Fort Worth in 1941. Thirty thousand people made Liberator bomber planes during WWII and established the groundwork for the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Today: The Bell Fort Worth Alliance Air Show is held each October. The U. S. Navy's Blue Angels and the Air Force's Viper Demonstration Team perform their feats of daring-do in the blue Fort Worth skies.
Festivals And Fun
Join Fort Worth residents as they bring in the Fourth of July on lush aerated grass, celebrate National Cowboy Day, listen to music by moonlight in the gardens and on the river, attend the film festival and the food and wine festival, watch the cars at the Speedway, and check out the golfing.
You Mentioned Grass
Picture thousands of feet on the grass at these events. They push down the grass, impacting the roots, causing thatch to grow, and generally making the lawn look terrible. Imagine yourself on the floor with a half dozen kids falling and rolling around on your body. Feeling impacted? Grass needs air, water, and food to grow, just like every other living organism. How can it get these things if people walk all over it, smashing it down?
Will This Aeration You Mentioned Help The Grass?
Yes, but first you need to know what aeration means. Take the root of the word which would be "aer," and you get air or oxygen. Aeration is when a machine with spokes pokes into the ground. Into the holes left behind will go water, fertilizer, and oxygen. The formerly impacted root system will now have the nutrients it needs to dig in and grow strong. The soil will be stronger. Weak roots can't absorb the rainwater that passes along to something that can (usually your basement). This loosening of the soil accomplishes two things. First, it creates the holes into which nutrients will go to strengthen the root system. The second thing it does is spread the deep-set soil onto the top of the ground. This provides topsoil of a sort which traps new water, air, and nutrients for the benefit of the grass roots.
Benefits of Aerating The Lawn
Now that you've noticed the status of the grass in these event venues take a good look at the grass at your home. Aerating your lawn will give you:
- Grass that grows at a steady rate
- Decreased thatch
- Water won't pass by and puddle at the base of the house
- Improved water absorption
- Improved fertilizer absorption
- Decrease in soil impaction
If you want a living thing to grow healthier and more vibrant, then yes, you should. Aeration should be done once a year in the fall. If it's done in spring, then homeowners run the risk of weeds taking root and choking out the grass. An aerating machine is necessary, but if the yard is small, then a garden tool with tines will do the same job.
If the yard is heavy in thatch, then it should be treated before you aerate the yard. If the soil is heavy in clay, then aeration is necessary. If the soil is impacted by heavy foot traffic, then aeration is needed. The best time to aerate a lawn is in fall when the weeds have died or are dying, but the grass is still growing.
Fort Worth has beautiful grass upon which some fantastic festivals and other fun stuff happen. If you would like to host some family and friends events of your own, then you want your yard to measure up well to its competition, right? Contact us to learn more about aerating your yard.