All the late winter rains have been great, and I can’t wait to see all of the wildflowers that should soon be blooming! Hopefully, most of the rain did some good on your property, rather than just runoff. One way to keep water on your lawn and help you have a stronger, healthier yard, is aeration. I know I’ve spoken about aeration before, but will do it again! It’s just so good for the soil!
Lawn aeration is a great way to help your lawn stay viable and healthy, it encourages deep root growth of the grass by providing space for the roots to grow, which helps with drought tolerance. With more space, the water that is applied to the lawn (either rain or sprinklers) will now go down further into the soil, rather than running off. I highly encourage everyone to have their lawn aerated annually to promote the root growth, help erase some of the compaction issues that some of our lawns face (I know I walk on the same trail in my backyard all the time, which only adds to compaction), and help with some thatch issues. This all boils down to the fact that you won’t have to water as much, which is a huge benefit too…we ARE still in a drought.
The picture to the right shows the soil cores that are removed from a lawn during the aeration process.
To make getting your lawn aerated a little more lucrative, the Water Conservation Program is introducing a new rebate program for a limited time this spring/summer–a lawn aeration rebate! The rebate is a flat $50 rebated back to you, after you have your lawn aerated. You can rent a machine and do it yourself (but they are pretty heavy!) or hire someone or a lawn company to do it for you. Simply fill out the application and submit it along with a copy of the paid invoice for the service.
The rebate is only a pilot, to see how much interest there is in it, so no applications will be accepted after August 30, 2015.
It may be spring break, but folks in Round Rock never stop doing their homework. The Improvements for Your Home display tower on second floor requires constant monitoring to refill empty slots: volumes of wiring tips, bathroom plans, room makeovers, repair techniques and such are snapped up by residents determined to get the target project […]
The week of March 16-20, marks the EPA’s WaterSense program’s Fix a Leak Week to encourage families to check for water leak and drips in their bathrooms, kitchens, and yards–and fix them! Check out this cute video on how to accomplish this: An easy way to determine if you may have a leak , is to go look at your water […]
This week marks National Groundwater Awareness week , so I wanted to talk about groundwater in general, and some groundwater facts for Round Rock. Generally speaking: Groundwater is the water that soaks into the soil from rain or other precipitation and moves downward to fill cracks and other openings in beds of rocks and sand. It is, therefore, a […]
Erik Larson’s Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania will be out soon–March 10–but the reviews (e.g., “…history at its harrowing best”) have me wishing I could get my hands on an advance copy this weekend. If you have one you’re willing to lend, there’s a batch of brownies in it for you… Larson consistently […]
By “It”, I mean another rain barrel sale! The Cities of Round Rock & Hutto are working together to promote a rain barrel sale! It’s by preorder, so you place the order for the barrels online, then come pick them up on a specific day. There is no limit on the quantity of barrels you […]
So I just rummaged around my office’s recycle bin to find any type of water bottle for this blog, and surfaced with three different brands of water. Unfortunately, I wasn’t too surprised, but have to wonder: Why would my colleagues be drinking bottled water, when Round Rock has excellent tap water? Probably for the same […]
Why I’m not a morning person: the tendency to awaken with sudden realization of yesterday’s missteps. The first conscious thought the day after our Book Buzz event: Robert–our Penguin Random House rep and speaker–hadn’t been supplied with a bottle of water and probably hadn’t been urged to partake of the appetizers and cheesecake we served. This is […]
When you think horror, think Round Rock Public Library! Wait–that didn’t come out right. But we do want fans of terrifying tales to know that we purchase books for them; those chillers are shelved among other fiction, which explains the absence of a “Horror” sign. Search the library catalog with the subject “horror fiction“, and […]
So I spent a morning recently helping judge science fair projects at Double File Elementary School, which I love to do, and noticed a particularity relevant project. As an aside, it’s always really interesting to me to see all the different experiments and how many have to do with popcorn, nail polish, or cokes! (Too many!) […]