Aerating & Overseeding Services For Your Lawn
A two punch combo for restoring your lawn to a vibrant state
Aerating and overseeding your lawn is a key part of any professional lawn care program. Over a long period of time your grass can grow thick and matted near the soil and become very difficult for oxygen and other nutrients to reach the roots of your grass. This along with issues like fungus, drought stress, and foot traffic can cause problems that generally manifest themselves as an unhealthy looking lawn with brown or dead patches everywhere.
Lawn aerating is the process using a machine to punch hundreds of small holes into your lawn. As the machine punches the holes it also removes a small amount of grass and soil, that we call “plugs”. These holes assist the delivery of oxygen and nutrients directly to the root system of your lawn. This is also an excellent time to overseed your lawn too which encourages new grass to grow in areas that might be patchy or are dead or dying. It’s a two punch combo that can really help bring back a lawn from looking poorly cared for, to lush and healthy again.
Top Reasons To Aerate And Overseed Your Lawn
- It’s never been done on your lawn before.
- Your lawn appears patchy and brown.
- You always leave your clippings on your lawn.
- Your lawn has been scalped by mowing, leaving bare patches.
- Your lawn sees heavy foot and pet traffic.
- You just want to give your lawn it’s best chance!
As professionals, we recommend aerating your lawn at least once per year. This frequency can help counter the natural thatch and works to improve your overall soil conditions which is key to a beautiful lawn. The health of your grass is ultimately determined by the health of your soil. A properly aerated lawn will also respond much more vigorously to fertilization and regular watering too if you have an irrigation system (and you should have one for a beautiful lawn).
Solomon's Landscape & Design is a landscaping contractor based out of Mauldin, SC and serving surrounding cities including Five Forks, Simpsonville, Greenville, and the rest of Greenville County, SC. We specialize in providing lawn aeration and over-seeding as part of our regular lawn care services or we can also provide it as a standalone service for large residential and/or commercial clients with high visibility lawns.
Does My Lawn Really Need Aeration?
The simplest answer is yes, your lawn will always benefit from being aerated at least once a year in the fall. If you are serious about the health and appearance of your lawn then aeration and over-seeding are just a normal part of a regular lawn care regime.
In order to know for sure we need to view your property to determine the overall condition of your lawn.
- Does your lawn get used frequently by your children or pets?
- Do you let your grass clippings fall back onto the lawn?
- Was your lawn just recently installed?
- Does your lawn dry out very quickly in the summer?
These are all signs your lawn could benefit from aeration. The best time to aerate your lawn is during the fall when the roots can recover quickly and the existing grass can work to fill in all of the plugs of grass/soil that will be removed during the aeration process.
What Does Lawn Aeration Do For Your Lawn?
This process delivers oxygen, water, and nutrients directly to the roots which encourages the roots to grow deeper and works to improve their uptake of nutrients and resilience to produce a more vigorous lawn. Aerating has long been a lawn care secret that golf courses and sports fields groundskeepers have employed because it really makes a difference especially when used as part of a total lawn care program. We use a special machine called a “lawn aerator” to aerate our clients lawns.
This machine was specifically designed to perforate your soil with hundreds of small holes that allow oxygen, water and nutrients to penetrate directly into your lawns root system. The “plugs” of grass that are removed by the aerator usually contain an inch or two of soil and are about 1/2″ to 3/4″ in diameter. These resulting holes are what allows the air and nutrients down into the soil and close to the root systems where they really need to be.
Your grass will determine the best time to perform this service. Bermuda, Zoysia and other warm season grasses are best aerated in the spring around the time they start greening up. Cool season grasses, such as Fescue are best aerated in the fall, typically in September before the leaves fall. Due to the nature of Fescue it is also best to overseed at this time with a good starter fertilizer to ensure your lawn looks good all year!
What Does Overseeding Do For Your Lawn?
The aeration process creates the perfect environment for planting new grass seed which is why we also recommend overseeding at this time. Lawn overseeding is the process of sprinkling new grass seed over the patchy, brown, or scalped areas of your lawn. These could be areas where the mowing deck was set too low and the grass has been scalped, crowns or high spots in your lawn, bald spots, brown patches, or areas where the grass is just really thin. Overseeding helps your lawn grow thicker in these areas.
A lawn with thick, healthy, lush growth is also great at preventing weeds from growing in your lawn too.
If you’d like to see if lawn aeration and overseeding could help make your lawn more vibrant and healthy then please give us a call (864) 518-9904 or fill out our online contact form and we’ll get back to you right away.
This depends on your type of grass. Warm season grasses, such as Bermuda do not, whereas cool season grasses such as Fescue should be overseeded to ensure a great looking lawn.
Ideally this should be done once a year. This is because throughout the year people, pets, and other animals walk and move around your yard creating compaction with each step. Over time this traffic creates a very firm surface.
Yes. regardless of what grass you have, watering your yard before and after aeration services is a must. This helps give the grass the essential nutrients it needs. How much water will be determined by the type of grass, weather, and on site conditions.
Yes. There will be cores or plugs that are left on the surface. These cores or plugs will break down over a short time.
Yes. This is a great time as the holes that are created are open and will allow the fertilizer to reach the lower layers of the soil faster. Note, if you are planning to overseed, do NOT use a fertilizer with a weed control product as it will interfere with the seeds.
Most underground utilities are buried deep enough, however some items like irrigation lines, cable lines and telephone lines are not and could be impacted. If you are concerned, call 811 to have utilities marked and flag irrigation heads to avoid damage.