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Aerating and seeding your lawn helps fill in bare patches and promotes a healthy turf that combats weeds. Help your lawn reach its full potential. The lawn care experts at NaturaLawn are standing by near you to aerate and seed your lawn.
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Benefits of Lawn Aeration and Seeding Service from NaturaLawn of America
Reduced Soil Compaction
Hard-packed soil is broken up by the aeration process. Soil can be compacted by cars, kids, your walk to get the paper, dogs, parking on your lawn, the regular path taken by your mail carrier. Traffic of any kind over your lawn can compress the ground and make it harder for grass to grow.
Fill Thin Patches
Seeding your lawn, especially right after the lawn has been aerated, helps fill in spots where grass is not growing dense and thick. The holes created by aeration provide an ideal home for new grass seed to thrive.
With more grass plants growing within the same amount of space (after a hearty round of aeration and seeding), you should experience decreased water run-off. Your lawn should be able to absorb more of the water that you or mother nature provides.
Turf Root Growth
You want a thick lawn. But you don't want a lawn that is just a shallow layer of turf underneath. Without proper aeration, grass roots can start to grow like a carpet. Aeration helps grass grow down into the ground, rather than just across the surface, by punching holes through thick turf.
Air and Water Penetration
Aeration and seeding provides greater air and water penetration for a more resilient lawn. When more air and water reach the lawn's roots, the lawn is better able to tolerate drought and stress.
The cores, or plugs, of soil that aeration leaves behind on top of your lawn break down and serve as fertilizer for the new grass seeds laid down during seeding. Aeration and seeding redistributes nutrients over your lawn that grass plants new and old hungrily gobble up.
Microbes are key to lawn health. Microbes play a substantial role in breaking down the soil cores left behind by aeration. Rain and foot traffic also help break down the cores, but microbes facilitate the chemical processes that release nutrients into your lawn.
Frequently Asked Questions About Lawn Aeration And Seeding
What Is Lawn Aeration And Seeding?
Aeration is the process of punching holes into a lawn and then depositing the resulting soil cores on top of the lawn. Seeding is then spreading grass seed over the aerated lawn so that seeds land on the soil cores and in the newly punched holes—both great places for grass to grow with access to nutrients.
How Much Does It Cost To Aerate And Seed My Lawn?
Every lawn is a unique ecosystem of soil, plants, water, and sun, so it's best to get a customized quote based on your specific lawn care needs.
Why Should I Have My Lawn Aerated And Seeded?
Perhaps one of the best practices you can do for your lawn is to have it aerated and seeded on a regular basis. This practice not only helps bring "new life" to old roots, it also introduces newer and better varieties of grass which helps enable your lawn to better resist weed invasions, insect attacks and disease problems. Aeration and seeding also helps with controlling and preventing brown patches.
Why Is Core Aeration Beneficial to Your Lawn?
Core aeration has several benefits for your lawn. It can break down thatch, reduce soil compaction, provide air to the root system of your lawn, and allow fertilizer and water to access the root zone more easily. When combined with overseeding, core aeration can create optimal conditions for seed growth.
Why Is It Beneficial To Aerate And Seed At The Same Time?
Similar to benefits seen after repotting an aging and weary root-bound houseplant, aeration with seeding keeps your lawn young and actively growing so it can reach its full potential. The flow of air in the soil is also improved, water is better able to reach the grass roots and fertilizer is more available to the grass plants.
What Should You Do Before Core Aerating And Overseeding Your Lawn?
Mow the lawn one or two days before the day aeration and seeding is to be done — and make it lower than usual. We recommend you set the mowing height to 1-1/2″ (one-and-one-half inches). This will get the lawn low enough without scalping it. Mowing low makes both aeration and seeding more effective. This will allow the seed to germinate before needing to cut it and sucking the seed up into the mower.
When Is The Best Time To Core Aerate And Overseed Your Lawn?
The best time to core aerate and overseed your lawn depends on the type of grass you have. For cool-season grasses, late summer/early fall is the best time to overseed. For warm-season grasses, late spring/early summer is the best time to core aerate. If you are just core aerating your lawn, then you can do that later in the season. If you are overseeding with an annual rye, you should wait until fall when soil temps are cooling down and warm season grasses are heading into dormancy.
Should You Fertilize Your Lawn After Core Aeration And Overseeding?
Yes, if you are overseeding your lawn, you should put down a starter fertilizer right before you apply your seed. Milorganite 6-4-0 is a great overseeding fertilizer since it will give you a very slow release of nitrogen that will activate around the same time your seed starts to germinate and needs nutrients. It will also prevent the existing grass from growing too tall.
How Often Should You Aerate And Overseed Your Lawn?
The frequency of aeration and overseeding depends on various factors such as the type of grass, soil type, lawn usage, and climate. However, in general, it is recommended to aerate your lawn once a year and overseed every two to three years. If you have heavy foot traffic or pets that frequently use the lawn, you may need to aerate more frequently.
Is Core Aeration Necessary If You Have A Healthy Lawn?
Core aeration is still beneficial even if you have a healthy lawn. It helps to prevent soil compaction and allows air, water, and nutrients to reach the root zone more easily, promoting deeper root growth and overall lawn health.
Can You Walk On The Lawn After Core Aeration And Overseeding?
It is best to avoid walking on the lawn immediately after core aeration and overseeding, as it can disturb the new seed and plugs of soil. Wait until the new grass has grown to a height of 3-4 inches before walking on it.
Can You Water Your Lawn After Core Aeration And Overseeding?
Yes, watering is essential to overall lawn health and especially the effectiveness of overseeding. Keep the soil moist but not waterlogged until the new grass has established itself. This typically takes about two to three weeks. After that, you can gradually reduce the frequency of watering.
What Is The Purpose Of The Holes Lefts By Lawn Aeration?
The aeration process will leave small holes from the plugs of thatch and soil which are pulled up to the surface of the lawn. These little holes act as perfect resting places for the new seed to germinate. The plugs of soil will decompose over a few weeks after normal mowing, watering and rainfall. Then, an ongoing process of nutrient recycling within the soil continues because the plugs contain microorganisms which help control thatch buildup. All of this results in a stronger, more vibrant and healthy turf.
NaturaLawn® of America's proprietary grass seed is specially blended to provide your lawn a better defense against drought conditions and insect and disease attacks.
Remember: Aeration and seeding service will help:
- Reduce soil compaction
- Fill thin patches
- Decrease water run-off
- Stimulate root growth
- Increase air and water penetration
- Improve nutrient uptake via the root system
- Stimulate microbial activity
What Can I Expect From NaturaLawn's Lawn Aeration Service?
The experienced lawn care technicians from NaturaLawn will arrive promptly and in uniform. They will aerate and seed your lawn with commercial-grade equipment.
No Inconvenience To You
Our team can complete aeration and seeding without you needing to be present. We're always happy to meet our customers, but we're just as happy to accommodate your schedule by performing lawn care service when you are unavailable in person.
The aeration process will deposit plugs of soil on top of your lawn. Seeding will spread high-quality grass seeds throughout your lawn and in the holes created by aeration. Within a few weeks the soil plugs will break down. Rain, foot traffic, and microbes will disperse the nutrients within the plugs to the new grass seed.
A Lawn To Be Admired
A greener, thicker lawn will be on the way after aeration and seeding. The new pathways for air, water, nutrients, and seeds to reach deep into your lawn will help new grass growth to fill in thin patches. You'll have a robust lawn that you'll be proud to call your own.