How to Care for My Lawn After Aeration & Overseeding

If you’ve recently invested in aeration and overseeding for your lawn, you might be wondering what you need to do to ensure optimal results. Here are some simple aftercare steps to help your lawn get the most out of your aeration and overseed service.

Leave the Plugs for Healthy Soil

If you’ve recently had an aeration service, you’ve likely noticed the cylindrical plugs of soil left on your lawn. While they may not look aesthetically pleasing, it’s best to leave them. These plugs will decompose over time, introducing helpful microbes that aid in breaking down thatch and returning nutrients to the soil. Regular watering and mowing will help break down these soil plugs within a few weeks.

Additionally, keeping the plugs in place helps minimize soil erosion and enhances water retention, particularly in regions susceptible to heavy rainfall or runoff. This boosts your lawn’s overall health and resilience, enabling it to better endure environmental challenges and retain its lush appearance year-round.

Keep Plugs on Lawn for Optimal Seed Growth

If your aeration included overseeding, it is essential to leave the plugs in your yard. The seeds have settled on the surface of these plugs and nestled into the pockets and holes they create. This creates an ideal seedbed, offering protection and retaining moisture for the new seedings to flourish.

Water Lighter and More Frequently

Over the next three to four weeks, your lawn will need special attention to ensure germination and growth. It’s essential to keep the soil moist but not saturated. Keeping your soil a chocolate brown color is a good way to gauge the proper moisture level to germinate the seed. You may need to water lighter and more frequently than usual until the seeds sprout. Even if you notice seedlings sprouting within a week, continue to keep your soil moist for a full three to four weeks so that all the seed varieties have a chance to germinate successfully.

Patience Pays Off

With sufficient moisture and time, you’ll soon enjoy a lawn that’s lush, thick, and more resilient than before. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’re here to assist you in getting a beautiful lawn you can be proud of.

You can read more about our property care services on our website. You can also request an estimate for any of our services by clicking here. At Zing Services, we offer property care services to commercial, residential, and HOA properties in the Treasure Valley, Middleton, Star, ID, and nearby areas in the Treasure Valley. Call us today at 208-585-9400 to schedule any of our services to help you get a healthy and beautiful property.