Lawn Aerations and Overseeding – Key Maintenance Tasks

Regular lawn aerations and overseeding is the best way to foster healthy grass growth in the coming year. The prime time to overseed cool-season grasses is late summer to early fall.

What you do now for your lawn will pay off next season.

How Do Lawn Aerations and Overseeding Improve Lawn Health?

Overseeding is simply the method of spreading grass seed over an existing lawn. As grasses mature, thinning is normal – especially in high traffic areas. Overseeding keeps your lawn lush and vigorous without starting over from scratch. Overseeding on a regular basis will keep your lawn looking its best. The key is to not wait to overseed until your lawn in looking bare and scarce in spots. Golf courses use the practice of overseeding as a routine maintenance practice to keep their courses looking top shape.

Prepping the lawn with an aeration prior to placing seed down will help improve the germination rate by allowing the lawn seeds, water, nutrients, and air to reach the root zone. Aerations are another must-have maintenance task for a lawn to look its best. Lawn aerations and overseeding improve the effectiveness of a fertilization program and encourage strong root health. Here at Zing, we are equipped to do both of these services at the same time with one piece of equipment.

Fall Seeding Compliments The Natural Growth Cycles of Cool-Season Grasses.

Grasses grow most vigorously during the late summer/early fall time of the year. The combination of warm soil, moderate day temperatures, and cool evenings stimulates fast germination. Cool-season grass seed germinates best when soil temperatures are between 50 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit (about 60-75 F range). The Turfgrass Water Conservation Alliance service recommends overseeding at least 45 days before your average first fall frost. Newly planted grass seed needs consistent moisture making fall an ideal time to overseed when the soil moisture levels fluctuate less. Fall overseeding lessens the chance that the seed may dry out and reduces the need for constant extra watering on your part.

If it has been a while since you have overseeded or aerated now is a good time to have that done. Time spent now on your lawn’s health will pay off well in the spring.

The genetic makeup of grass seed today is far more superior than it was just ten years ago. The modified grass seed that is available today is more insect and disease-resistant, so introducing regular overseeding services will improve the overall health and strength of your lawn.

You can read more about our lawn aerations and overseeding service on our website.