Aerating and Overseeding Your Lawn

Posted 2017-08-17 by Antonio Zeppa

To maintain a beautiful, healthy and lush turf it’s important to aerate and overseed your lawn on an annual basis. Aeration is the process of removing cores of soil from the lawn using a piece of equipment called an aerator. This process opens up the lawn allowing more air, water and nutrients to penetrate deeper into the soil and root zone which encourages a thicker, deeper root system. Thicker roots equate to thicker grass and thicker grass equates to fewer weeds. There are many benefits to aerating your lawn, including:

  • Reduces soil compaction
  • Enhances water and fertilizer uptake
  • Increases activity of soil microorganisms which decompose thatch
  • Reduces weed growth

Overseeding is simply planting new grass seed over existing turf. Overseeding uses a slit-seeder to drop seed and cut a groove into the soil about ΒΌ inch deep creating good seed-to-soil contact and germination rates for a thicker lawn. The best time to do this is after aerating your lawn. Some of the benefits to overseeding include:

  • Thicker, healthier turf
  • Reduces weed growth
  • Improves drought tolerance
  • Improves lawn color

The window to aerate and overseed your lawn is September and October so give us a call to get your lawn on our schedule.



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