Here in North Carolina, you'll want to do everything possible to ensure that your lawn is as healthy and strong as it can be. One of the best ways to achieve this goal is by pairing aeration and overseeding services. Aeration involves pulling up plugs of soil to loosen compacted soil. Overseeding involves spreading seeds across your lawn to fill bare or patchy areas with new, healthy grass growth. These services should always be bundled together because they complement each other perfectly. When you aerate your lawn before overseeding it, the holes created during the process will provide the perfect spot for those new seedlings to fall into and get ideal conditions for germination. The best time to schedule these services for your cool-season lawn is in the fall.

How do aeration and overseeding work?

Overseeding a lawn in Greensboro, NC.

The primary purpose of core aeration is to loosen compacted soil so that nutrients, water, air, and sunlight have easy access to the roots of your grass. This process is done by passing over your lawn with an aerator, which pulls up plugs of soil. This means your lawn can absorb more of all the resources it needs to grow healthy and strong.

On the other hand, overseeding involves spreading grass seeds across your turf to fill in bare and patchy areas. Bringing new, healthy grass growth to these sparse areas will improve its overall density, giving it a thicker appearance and strengthening its defenses against weeds, pests, and diseases.

The soil cores left behind after aeration naturally decompose over time and return nutrients to your lawn!

Why should aeration and overseeding be performed in conjunction with each other?

While both aeration and overseeding are highly beneficial on their own, when you combine these two services, they become even more powerful! Because aeration opens up passageways for essential resources to reach the roots of your grass, overseeding your lawn right after this process will give the newly planted seeds optimal access to everything they need to establish. Additionally, the newly spread grass seeds will fall into the holes created during the aeration process, giving them excellent contact with the soil and protection from the elements and critters, thus increasing their chances of successfully germinating.

To maximize the results of your overseeding service, make sure to apply a starter fertilizer afterward!

Schedule aeration and overseeding in the fall to ensure optimal conditions for these services.

The best time to schedule both aeration and overseeding for your cool-season lawn is in the fall, between September and October. That's because cool-season lawns thrive during the cooler months of the year, making it the perfect time for these two services since there will be less stress on your grass. Not only does this ensure your lawn can better withstand the core aeration process, but it also gives the cool-season seeds optimal conditions for germination! That way, it can reap the most benefits from both.

Give us a call today to sign up for our core aeration and overseeding services!

Do you want to set up your lawn for long-standing success? If so, you've come to the right place! Here at Ideal Landscaping & Irrigation, we offer a full-service landscape maintenance program that includes our core aeration and overseeding services. Our maintenance program also comes with other services to keep your lawn and landscape in their best shape. We've been in the lawn care business for 23 years, so you can rest assured that you'll receive top-notch service. Our services are available to commercial and residential properties, as well as HOAs, in Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Summerfield, and nearby areas in North Carolina. Give us a call today at (336) 396-9191 to sign up for our core aeration and overseeding services. We look forward to working with you!