Core Aeration, Overseeding and Fertilization
As summer is coming to an end and fall is rapidly approaching, we have begun scheduling our Aeration, Over-seeding and Fertilization process. Early fall is the best time to aerate and over-seed a lawn to repair thin or bare areas. The nights are cool and mild and the days are shorter which provide the ideal conditions for seed germination. With these conditions, seedlings are able to retain moisture and thrive without the extreme heat that occurs in the summer months.
Core Aeration and Overseeding
Why Aerate and Overseed?
Aeration allows oxygen to get to the grass roots and the soil to allow it to breathe. After aeration takes place, water is able to permeate into the soil and get direct access to the root system of the grass. The soil in your lawn gets compacted throughout the year, which restricts oxygen and and actually promotes weed growth such as crabgrass. Aeration loosens the compacted soil and breaks up the thatch allowing the root system to grow more easily. By helping roots grow before winter sets in, you are insuring that the lawn will green-up quicker in the spring and become more resistant to disease and drought.
My lawn looks fine, why would I overseed?
You can't teach an old lawn new tricks. Eventually competing with weeds and dealing with other lawn stresses will cause an old lawn to have trouble maintaining vigorous growth.
Overseeding is an important practice that should be implemented in your lawn maintenance program at least every 3 to 4 years (even if your lawn is already thick). However, if the results you are looking for is a lush, green lawn that fends off weeds, insects and diseases, a combination of core aeration and overseeding should be done annually.
Also, every year new varieties of grass species that may be resistant to drought, disease, or insect damage enters the market, so it is beneficial to integrate the new grass into a lawn with older varieties without these features.
Okay, now what?
Now that we have prepped your lawn for new spring growth, we need to maximize the results and fertilize just before your lawn goes dormant. Fertilization replenishes the nutrient supply that was used up throughout the summer months, as well as adds additional nutrients to the turf in order to sustain it over the cold winter months. Fertilized lawns have increased shoot density, improved fall, winter, and spring root growth, and enhanced storage of energy reserves within. A complete lawn fertilization program is an essential part of every great looking lawn.
If you are interested in learning more about the Aeration, Overseeding and Fertilization, or if you want to sign up for the program, call us NOW at (757) 613-9399 or email [email protected] As always, estimates are 100% FREE!