Aerating & Overseeding Your Lawn So It Looks Great!
A great combo for restoring your lawn back to healthy growth.
Aerating your lawn is part of a healthy lawn maintenance regime. Over a long period of time your grass can grow really thick, add in your lawn clippings and the natural thatch of your lawn (the criss crossing of grass blades) it becomes so thick it’s difficult for oxygen and other nutrients to reach the roots.
Aerating is the process of punching small holes into your lawn and removing the grass and soil plugs, which allows more oxygen and nutrients into your lawn. This is also an excellent time to overseed your lawn as well to encourage more, healthy growth in areas that might be bare or dying.
Top Reasons To Aerate And Overseed Your Lawn
- It’s never been done on your lawn before.
- Your lawn appears patchy and brown.
- You always leave your clippings on your lawn.
- Your lawn has been scalped with mowers leaving bare patches.
- Your lawn sees heavy foot and pet traffic.
Having your lawn aerated at least once or twice per year can help counter the natural thatch and it works to improve your soil conditions. The health of your grass is ultimately determined by the health of your soil. A properly aerated lawn will respond much more favorably to fertilization and regular watering too.
Executive Lawn And Landscape is a local landscaping company based out of Mechanicsville and serving Hanover County, Virginia. We specialize in lawn aeration as as part of our regular lawn care programs or as a standalone service for both residential and commercial clients with high visibility lawns they always want to look their best.
Lawn Aerating & Overseeding Services Mechanicsville Virginia
- Lawn aeration
- Lawn overseeding
- Regular lawn care programs
What Does Lawn Aeration Do For Your Lawn?
The lawn aeration process involves the use a of a special machine called a “lawn aerator”. This machine perforates your soil with hundreds of small holes that allow oxygen, water and nutrients to penetrate directly into your lawns root system. The “plugs” of grass that are removed by the aerator usually contain an inch or two of soil and are about 1/2″ to 3/4″ in diameter. These resulting holes are what allows the air and nutrients down into the soil and close to the root systems where they really need to be.
This process delivers oxygen, water and nutrients directly to the roots which encourages the roots to grow deeper and works to improve their uptake of nutrients and resilience to produce a more vigorous lawn. Aerating has long been a lawn care secret that golf courses and sports fields groundskeepers have employed because it really makes a difference especially when used as part of a total lawn care program.
What About Overseeding?
The aeration process creates the perfect environment for planting new grass seed which is why we also recommend overseeding at this time. Lawn overseeding is the process of sprinkling grass seed over the patchy, brown, or scalped areas of your lawn. These could be areas where the mowing deck was set too low and the grass has been scalped, bald spots, brown patches, or areas where the grass is really thin. Overseeding helps your lawn grow thicker in these areas and can work to restore your lawns appearance.
A lawn with thick, healthy, lush growth is also great at preventing weeds from growing too.
Does My Lawn Really Need Aeration?
The simplest answer is yes, your lawn would probably benefit. If you are serious about the health and appearance of your lawn then aeration and overseeding are just a normal part of a regular lawn care regime. The long answer is that it really depends on several factors. If your lawn is already in rough shape, aeration is only one piece of the puzzle and aeration alone might not be all your lawn needs. In order to know for sure we would really need to view your property to determine what state your particular lawn is in.
- Does your lawn get used frequently by your children or pets?
- Do you let your grass clippings fall back onto the lawn?
- Was your lawn recently installed?
- Does your lawn dry out easily and not uptake water as it should?
These are all signs your lawn could benefit from aerating. The best time to aerate your lawn is during the spring and summer growing season when the roots can recover quickly and the grass can work to fill in all of the plugs of grass/soil that will be removed during the aeration process.
If you’d like to see if lawn aeration and overseeding could help make your lawn more vibrant and healthy then please give us a call (804) 305-2446 or fill out our online contact form and we’ll get back to you right away.