One great thing about the NCAA basketball tournament is the ‘March Madness’ begins before a single tournament game is played. Usually this takes the form of certain teams being incredibly mad that they were not awarded a bid. This is understandable given that selection criteria seems to change from year to year. Does beating good teams outweigh losing to bad ones? Do you respect a team with a great record from a horrible conference? Though standards seem to shift, one aspect of March Madness influences both tournament bids and tournament success year after year – timing.
Teams that have played well recently tend to make it into the field, while those that peak in November are often left out. Once the games begin, a couple weeks of dominant play can make up for months of mediocrity. Last year, Syracuse lost 13 games in the regular season and was only a 10 seed. They turned it up in March and went all the way to the Final 4.
As in basketball, timing makes a huge difference when aerating your lawn. Cool season turf benefits most from fall aeration and overseeding because this is when root growth is most active. Warm season turf is best aerated in the spring so that it has a chance to fortify itself before stressful summer weather hits. Aeration is key to ensuring your lawn’s long-term health. Getting the most out of this treatment depends on ideal timing.