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Benefits of Aeration and Overseeding


August 16, 2023


Although it is still summer and cold weather 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.

Although it is still summer and cold weather 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 you can keep and maintain a healthy lawn is getting an aeration. Aeration allows 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 the late summer, early fall. Aeration is a mechanical process that relieves compacted soil.

Throughout the year your soil can become compacted from increased foot traffic, whether that’s from pets, kids playing, family and friends, or simply from mowing your lawn throughout the year.

When your soil is compacted, water, air, and other nutrients cannot reach the grass roots. The small 2-3 inch holes that the plugs make, are what helps loosen the soil which allows these vital nutrients to get into the soil.

Overseeding

Not only is having an aeration performed beneficial, but pairing an aeration with an overseeding can help fill in any thin or bare areas in your lawn.

Overseeding helps build a thicker, healthier lawn that can withstand lawn disease, and environmental conditions. After the aeration is completed, you can go back over the areas and fill the holes with seed to help new grass grow and help thicken up your lawn. It is important to remember to water sufficiently after the seed is put down for your lawn to achieve best results.

Benefits to Aerating & Overseeding This Time of Year

It is recommended that these services are performed in late summer or early fall because with our cool-season grass we have in Ohio, the seed tends to germinate best when the daily temperatures begin to gradually lower.

In addition to improving the health of your lawn, these lawn care techniques prepare your lawn for the winter season. The holes that are made from the aeration, 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 the moisture that can remain on the lawn for a period of time, can cause disease. Having sufficient drainage helps to avoid any of these problems.

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