Lawn Aeration & Overseeding

Maintain A Healthy Lawn All Year Long!

Lawn aeration is one of the most important treatments for a healthy lawn! Many homeowners water, seed, and apply lawn fertilizer to their lawn or garden, but it still wilts, fades, or even dies. Weather is not the only problem for homeowners. — Not aerating the lawn causes problems. Core aeration provides oxygen and nutrients to the turf roots. This also allows for deeper root growth.

What is Lawn Aeration?

Green grass roots need air, water, and essential nutrients to grow strong and healthy. Fertilizing your yard along with regular watering may stimulate grass growth, provide even coverage and improve soil surface conditions. Regular lawn mowing will make the green grass look healthy and well-groomed. A complex lawn service will apply fertilizer to provide more nutrients, vitamins and minerals, indispensable for appropriate lawn maintenance and beautiful warm season grasses in hot summer months.

That’s one of the key reasons why you need lawn aeration. It is the process of increasing oxygen flow and helping water and essential minerals readily reach their destination: grass roots. In addition, aeration is proven to be successful in dealing with excess lawn thatch that hampers the development of lawn grass and hurts its aesthetics.

The critical stage of the lawn aeration process is poking holes in compacted soil. It enhances the circulation of oxygen, increases water supply, adds more essential nutrients through absorption and slows weed growth. Eventually, it will alleviate soil compaction and reduce the thatch layer bringing long-lasting benefits to your lawn. Lawn fertilizer schedule along with aeration will promote green grass and strong roots.

Why Aerate Lawn? Expert Advice

Thatch buildup is an often overlooked issue resulting in poor root development. Turf aeration helps make your lawn healthier and reduces maintenance requirements by:

  • Improving air exchange between the ground soil and atmosphere.
  • Enhancing soil water uptake and improving fertilizer uptake.
  • Reducing water runoff, puddling, and soil compaction.
  • Enhancing temperature tolerance and resiliency.

While you can aerate your lawn yourself, consider reaching out to lawn care experts to achieve optimal results this growing season. Find essential information on how our specialists approach the lawn aeration process.

How to Aerate Lawn? Learn about Terra's Process

The lawn aeration process may seem complex. Aerating the lawn yourself could lead to results that are unsatisfactory. Trust professionals to deal with newly constructed lawns and well-developed existing gardens.

We have completed dozens of successful lawn aeration projects and developed our own unique lawn aeration process to obtain the finest results! Here’s how it works:

  1. We mechanically remove small cores of thatch and soil from your lawn (core aeration). Our process is done in two directions so you can achieve greater compaction relief and root growth.
  2. Next, we slit seed all bare or thin areas of the lawn this will increase seed germination due to the seed/soil contact that is achieved with this process. Your lawn will benefit with an improved fertilization response, improved turf grass rooting, reduced soil compaction, and an increase in turf density.
  3. Within 14-21 days (depending upon air temperature, soil moisture, and soil type) new grass seedlings will start to germinate and fill in those unsightly bare and thin areas in the lawn.
  4. Newly aerated lawn requires special treatment. With proper watering and fertilization, these areas will continue to grow into thicker lawn. Thin turf and larger bare areas may take up to an entire season to become full, but with aeration, overseeding, and a routine of fertilization and pest control, your lawn will quickly become thicker and healthier.

Soil Surface Assessment

Take a 6-inch screwdriver and push it into your turf. If it does not go in easily up to the handle, your lawn needs more water. Grass is made up of about 80% water. If it hasn’t rained in a week, and you haven’t watered, your lawn will start to wilt, grow crabgrass (which thrives in lightly watered lawns), and start losing its looks. Turf aeration fixes these issues, and it also makes whatever investment you make in seed, fertilizer, and work worthwhile.

Lawn Aeration FAQs

To understand the lawn aeration process even better, find answers to frequently asked questions that will help you comprehend the procedure in more detail.

The best time for lawn aeration is at the grass’ peak growing period. That’s why you should never aerate dormant lawns. As a rule of thumb:

  • Early spring or early fall is the best time to aerate cool season grasses.

Reach out to Terra Lawn Care Experts for a detailed assessment of your grass conditions.

The frequency of lawn aeration depends on the soil line and how often it is attended. Again, the rule of thumb will be:

  • Heavy-traffic areas with heavy clay soil should be aerated every year.
  • For sandy soil and lush lawn that grows well, aerating should take place every 2-3 years

Dry Lawn? Aerate Your Lawn With Terra!

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