Core Aeration & Overseeding For A Healthy Lawn (Video)



NaturaLawn of America Director of Operations John Steiner discusses the positive benefits of performing aeration and overseeding on turfgrass. For more information on aeration and overseeding, or for other helpful facts on lawn care please visit website at www.NaturaLawn.com.

Video Transcript:

Hi, I'm John Steiner, Director of Operations for NaturaLawn of America, the leader in organic-based lawn care. Today we are going to talk about the benefits of aeration and seeding to a homeowner's lawn and cover three main points.

First, what exactly is aeration and seeding? Second, what are the benefits to a homeowner's lawn and last when is the best time to do aeration and seeding? What is aeration and seeding? Aeration is the physical removal of soil cores from the lawn. These cores can be removed manually or by machine, which is what's being done today.

As you can see, a core about 1-2 inches is removed thousands of times in the average home owner's lawn. When seeding to ensure the highest level of success when sowing new seed, the lawn is double aerated in a crisscross pattern. By doing this, there will be twice as many holes for the seeds to fall into. It's quite simple—the more holes, the thicker the lawn will be in the end.

Core aeration and seeding is the best mechanical and cultural practice a home owner can do to improve the overall quality and health of their lawn. Many of the benefits of aeration and seeding include: reduction in soil compaction, increased oxygen uptake by the plant roots, increased root development, improves nutrient uptake, improves the plants ability to use water more effectively, and allows for the lawn to stand up to environmental and natural stresses such as heat, insects and disease problems.

In addition, when the cores are removed, they're deposited onto the surface within each soil core millions of microbes these microbes are hungry and begin to feed on the thatch and the surface debris there by breaking them down. This plentiful food source is needed for these microbes to multiply this increase microbial activity helps to sustain a healthier lawn.

When seeding the lawn, it is important to apply the right amount of seeds based on the variety or blend being used. This information can be found on the seed label. For example, Tall Fescue is seeded at a rate of 5lbs. per 1000ft. Much like core aeration, it is best to apply the seed in a checker board or crisscross pattern. This will ensure enough seed will fall down into holes. Grass seed will not grow unless there is good contact with the soil to do this.

The final step in seeding the lawn is to back drag with a metal mat. This mat is similar to what is used on a ball field. This knocks the seed off the surface and into the holes. This provides good seed to soil contact. The best time of year to aerate depends on what type of lawn grasses are growing. Cool season grasses, such as Kentucky Bluegrass or Tall Fescue, should be aerated and seeded in late summer through fall. Generally speaking, this will be from mid-August to mid-October. Warm season grasses, such as Zoysias and Bermudas, should be aerated when they are more actively growing…usually early summer.

So, by following these processes for aeration and over seeding you too can have a healthy lawn that's environmentally friendly and uses less pesticides. Thank you for watching today and for more information please contact us on our website.

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