Aerating & Overseeding

Lawn Aerating and Overseeding

Do you aerate or overseed your grass? If you don’t, you may not even be aware of the benefits doing so can provide. They can be important measures in preserving the life, health and look of your lawn. So, what are the benefits of overseeding your lawn? What do aeration and overseeding do?

The Purpose of Overseeding Your Lawn

First, it’s important to understand what overseeding is — simply planting more grass seed right into your existing turf. Rather than replacing the existing seeding, you just plant the new seed in bare spots next to the growth you have right now.

Why would you do this? There are a few reasons. If your lawn looks old or worn out, overseeding with new grass varieties can give your lawn a refreshed, new look. Overseeding can also improve the health of your lawn by adding heartier varieties to the overall landscape. If they were originally seeded a long time ago, your turf grasses might not be tough enough for today’s environment. They may be prone to disease or insect infestation and require more water or fertilizer than normal to grow and flourish.

By overseeding with newer, tougher turf varieties designed to withstand harsher conditions, you strengthen the entire lawn and make it easier for it to thrive.

The Purpose of Aerating Your Lawn

Aeration, as the name might suggest, is essentially adding air to your lawn. You do this by making small holes in the soil throughout the lawn area, allowing air to get deeper into the soil, where the roots lay. These holes also provide viaducts for water and nutrients to get to your roots.

Why do you do it? The purpose of aerating your lawn is to relieve compaction, a situation where the soil is packed so tightly that air, water and nutrients cannot effectively circulate through it. Aerating your lawn gives these precious elements more room to travel freely through the soil and invigorate your plants.

You should aerate if you aren’t happy with the look or feel of your lawn. Also, consider aerating if you have a new home where the lawn has likely had a lot of construction workers and equipment rolling over it, there is soil layering, your lawn gets heavy traffic or it feels spongy and dries out easily.

When Should You Aerate and Seed Your Lawn? How Often Should You Do It?

If you’ve never overseeded your lawn before, or you’ve had the property for some time and it is starting to show wear, you should consider overseeding. Before doing so, our experienced team will analyze your lawn to make sure whatever is causing your lawn to deteriorate is a function of the existing grass and not something like poor watering, poor drainage or poor soil condition.

Conditions that are bad for your existing grass will be bad for your new grass too. Even if the new grass is tougher, you want to give it the best chance possible to prosper, meaning taking care of any existing issues before overseeding.

The ideal time for aerating your lawn is during the spring when the grass has the opportunity to grow into the areas where soil plugs have been removed.

What Is the Difference Between Dethatching and Aerating?

Dethatching involves removing the layer of thatch (leaves, stems and roots) between the grass you see above the ground and the roots under the soil. If this thatch gets too thick, it can prevent air, water and nutrients from getting through. You would consider dethatching instead of aerating if the lawn is spongy and you can see thick growth in between the green shoots of grass and the roots. 

Benefits of a Professional Lawn Aeration Service

Nature’s Helper, the experts in sprinkler lawn care, can also help you with aerating and overseeding your lawn to make sure its done right and gets you the best possible results. When you hire a professional to take care of your aeration, you ensure that your lawn is a good candidate for aeration. You also won’t have to worry about whether or not you’re doing it correctly. Aerating or overseeding a lawn that doesn’t need it or using improper technique could damage the area, which is definitely something you want to avoid.

For help with your lawn aeration or overseeding, or if you need any information on any lawn service in the Omaha area, contact Nature’s Helper today.