aeration and overseeding

Fall Lawn Care: Aeration and Overseeding

Aeration and Overseeding rejuvenates the lawn!

Aeration and Overseeding rejuvenates the grass!

Early fall is the ideal time to Aerate and Overseed your lawn.  Conditions around Lynchburg tend to be best between September and October when the days and nights are both cool and mild, creating ideal conditions for seed germination. The ground in at this time is usually soft enough to get decent plugs in, and seed is better able to retain moisture in these conditions as well.

Aerating Your Lawn

Aeration  or core aeration removes plugs of soil in your yard to allow air, water and nutrients to penetrate the roots in your grass. This helps the root system grow deeply and produce a stronger, more vigorous lawn.

Over the course of the year, your yard experiences soil compaction, where the soil gets pressed down and any air or space in the soil is removed. This primarily happens when someone or something is walking across the lawn, when the lawn mower drives over it, or during a heavy rain.

There are a number of benefits to aeration, including:

  • Improving your lawn drainage
  • Increased benefits from your fertilizer
  • Winterizing your lawn

Aeration is critical to achieving a beautiful, green lawn, but most people simply don’t realize it or just don’t understand the process. If you want your lawn to look its best, aeration should become an integral part of your regular lawn care program.

Overseeding Your Lawn

Overseeding is the planting of grass seed directly into existing turf, without tearing up the soil. It’s an easy way to fill in bare spots, improve your lawns’ health, or even enhance your lawn’s color.  

After summer droughts, diseases, and plenty of foot traffic your lawn may look old, or worn out.  Following lawn aeration, lawn seeding helps thicken up the turf layer and further reduce weed growth, along with other benefits including:

  • Filling in damaged areas
  • Improving your lawn’s appearance
  • Enhancing your lawn’s ability to protect itself 

Warm Season Grasses Vs Cold Season Grasses

In this part of Virginia, we often have cold winters and hot summers. The ups and downs in temperature mean the best way to have a green lawn for as long as possible is to use multiple types of grasses in your lawn.

When you put down seed at the beginning of spring, you want warm season grasses like Kentucky Bluegrass, which thrive in high temperatures. When you overseed in the fall, focus on cool season grasses. These grass plants thrive in cooler temperatures and can survive significantly below freezing.

A healthy lawn will withstand the annual ups and downs of weather and keep your lawn looking great all year long!

Aerate and Overseed Your Lawn Together

Aeration provides the perfect spacing and conditions in your lawn for seed to grow and mature. Since you are introducing new grass seed, it will take all of the available water, oxygen, and nutrients and starve out the weeds as well.

If it’s done correctly by a lawn care professional, aerating combined with over-seeding will give your lawn a brand-new look!

Let’s Get Your Lawn Ready for Fall and Winter!

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