How Aeration and Overseeding Will Boost Lawn Health

When thinking about your lawn's long-term health, it usually needs to include some form of aeration, which should generally be followed by overseeding. Let's walk through the process of what aeration and overseeding are and why they work so well together when it comes to nourishing your lawn.

The Importance of Core Aerationaeration holes in a lawn

The core aeration process is when deep holes are intentionally set into the lawn's soil, pulling up pieces of it, and redistributing them throughout the turf. The act of aerating your grass will allow compact soil to be loosened, paving the way for much-needed nutrients, water, and air to make their way to the roots of your turf. The mediocre way to go about this is to tackle it yourself with your at-home tools. But for best results, we recommend hiring a professional, such as Naturally Green Lawn Care, who is better equipped with the tools and knowledge to perform the most advanced aeration to boost the health of your turf.

Some Benefits of Aeration Include:

  • Reducing soil compaction
  • Improving water intake
  • Improving fertilizer intake
  • Elimination of excess water
  • Promoting stronger root health
  • Breaks down thatch build-up

The Importance of Overseeding

Overseeding is typically performed following the process of aeration. It is primarily done on established lawns that are prepared to take in the extra nutrients it provides. The fresh holes from aerating your turf are perfect for accepting the nutrients that come with overseeding. The process of overseeding not only helps your grass achieve that thick, full look that you have been working towards, but when it is combined with other types of turf, it can make your grass more resilient as well.

  • Reduced erosion
  • Promoting healthy growth
  • Improved physical appearance (which will, in turn, improve your return on investment)

When to Aerate and Overseed Your Turfgrass seed being spread by hand

A tell-tale sign of your turf being ready for you to start aerating it is when the soil becomes compacted.

Signs of compaction are:

  • Pooling Water - Extreme puddling after rainfall could mean that your ground isn't soaking up the moisture.
  • Tough Soil - If you can't take a tool like a screwdriver and easily press it into your soil, your turf is probably too hard and can't receive the nutrients it needs.
  • "Spongy" Turf - Grass that feels like it sponges up when you touch it means that there could be thatch build-up underneath, which will eventually pave the way for pests to make your turf's soil their home.

While these are only a few of the signs, there are more. When your turf is showing some of these signs, Naturally Green Lawn Care can pave the path of a great lawn again!

Ready to Have Your Turf Professionally Aerated and Overseeded?

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