We’re out Aerating and Overseeding – Are You?
As the temperatures begin to drop and festive fall colors begin to appear on the trees, we’re out aerating and overseeding our client’s lawns.
Lawns that regularly see high traffic or heavy rains can become compacted over time. This means the soil is so tightly packed down that water, fertilizer, oxygen, and even your lawn’s roots have a difficult time penetrating it. find a site . Compacted soils can really take a toll on your turf, leaving it thin and dry.
To promote lush lawn, we recommend that homeowners aerate on a yearly or every other year schedule. To do so, we use a mechanical aerator to punch small holes in the ground at regular intervals, and to deposit the resulting plugs of soil on the surface. This relieves the compaction, allowing oxygen, water, and nutrients to sink into the ground, encouraging turf root systems to grow deeper, creating a healthy, more drought resistant lawn.
While we’re aerating, we also like to overseed. Although most of us don’t think about it, turf is a plant, and eventually it will age and die out leaving lawns looking thin. Cored areas provide a rich environment for grass seed to germinate, so by over seeding each fall the turf can be replenished, resulting in a lush lawn the following spring.
By coupling overseeding and aeration, we give the grass seed a hospitable environment to germinate in – direct access to warm soil, less competition from weeds thanks to the season and its cooler air, and as the trees begin to lose their leaves, plenty of unobstructed sunlight to soak up. Grass seed germination rates can be further improved by planning to work a day or two before a rain event.