1. Why do we aerate and over-seed lawns?
- Aeration is great for the lawn
- Great renovation technique
- It promotes oxygen to the root zone
- Breaks up the thatch layer for increased nutrient and water exchange
- Relieves compacted soils
- Over-seeding Introduces new grass varieties to the lawn
- Thickens up lawns to crowd out weeds and help control erosion
2. When do we aerate and over-seed lawns?
- In September, this month has historically great grass growing temperatures and cool nights
- When the grass is gathering momentum into the fall growing season
3. How do we aerate and over-seed??
- With a piece of equipment called a core-aerator
- The machine mechanically pulls cores from the soil
- We then over-seed the lawn heavily followed by an organic fertilizing
If the lawn is in GREAT need of repair and the soil is depleted we accompany this service with a top-dressing of compost to add rich organic matter and nutrients to the soil.
Whether we have had a tough year with drought, significant amount of rain or a normal season we recommend aeration and over-seeding. This maintenance practice should be incorporated into all lawn care programs to lessen the need for chemical interference by continuing to thicken up the lawn to crowd out weeds. A thick healthy lawn is the best defense against pests, disease or weeds.