Benefits of Aeration and Overseeding

Although it’s still summer and the cold may be the furthest thing from your mind, now is the best time of year to prepare your lawn for winter so that it can wake up healthy and strong next spring.

One of the best ways to keep a healthy lawn is to aerate it. Aeration allows the vital nutrients your lawn needs to reach deep into the root system to help promote a strong lawn and withstand the winter months.

Aeration

One of the best times to aerate your lawn is in late summer and early fall. Aeration is a mechanical process that relieves compacted soil.

Throughout the year, soil can become compacted due to increased foot traffic, whether from pets, children playing, family and friends, or simply mowing the lawn throughout the year.

When soil is compacted, water, air, and other nutrients cannot reach the roots. The small 2 to 3 inch holes the plugs make are what help loosen the soil, allowing these vital nutrients to enter the soil.

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Not only is aeration beneficial, but combining it with overseeding can help fill in thin or bare areas of your lawn.

Overseeding helps create a thicker, healthier lawn that can resist grass diseases and environmental conditions. Once aeration is complete, you can check the areas again and fill the holes with seed to help new grass grow and thicken the lawn. It is important to remember to water enough after sowing the seed so that the lawn will achieve the best results.

Benefits of aerating and replanting at this time of year

It is recommended to perform these services in late summer or early fall because with our cool season grass that we have in Ohio, seed tends to germinate better when daily temperatures begin to gradually drop.

In addition to improving the health of your lawn, these care techniques prepare it for the winter season. Aeration holes can help provide drainage to your lawn in the fall and winter months when snow accumulates and melts. Not only can snow cause compacted soil, but moisture that can remain on the grass for a period of time can cause disease. Having sufficient drainage helps avoid any of these problems.

If you’re looking for more information on aeration and seeding or just ready to talk to someone about your lawn care needs, visit www.LoveYourLawn.com or call 877.637.1229 For a free quote today!

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