As fall approaches, we start to think of football, fall leaves, and aeration and overseeding. Well, you might not naturally think of that last one, but now is definitely the time to think about this yearly practice.
Aeration is the process of mechanical removal of soil cores from your lawn. The plugs are left on top to help promote new growth by allowing the microbes in the soil to breakdown and feed on the thatch. The holes left behind in this process will fill with air and create a perfect place for the new seed to grow.
But why should you use aeration and overseeding? It’s simple, summer stresses and diseases can impact the thickness and distribution of the turf in your client’s yards. These stresses can create bare areas, large and small, throughout their lawn. Aerating and overseeding can help to thicken up those areas to produce a lush and vibrant lawn.
Make sure to get the best grass seed. People will notice.
Be sure to do your homework before you start the aeration and overseeding process. Early fall is the best time to plant what’s considered ‘cool weather’ grasses. There are several options, but Kentucky Bluegrass, Rye, and Fescue are the most common.
Each type of grass has its advantages. If you’re looking for a lawn with a subtle shine and thick carpet that grows evenly, then Ryegrass is your best option. Fescue, on the other hand, grows very well under challenging conditions such as dry, shaded areas. Take the time to survey your lawn and determine what really fits your need.
But how can you tell the good seed from the bad? It’s really as simple as comparing the bags. What you’ll want to look at first is the percentage of fillers included in the bag. The cheaper seed will contain more empty seed hulls, stems, and other fillers from not being adequately cleaned after harvesting.
There is much more information on the seed bag as well. Details such as germination percentage and weed seed content should not be overlooked. Even a weed seed content as low as 1% can leave your customer’s lawns susceptible to being overrun. Your investment in quality seed can make a world of difference in the look of their yards.
You can never over do the application.
As the growing season begins to wind down, it’s a great time to remind yourself of yearly lawn maintenance. It’s certainly not the only time, though. Early spring is just as good a time for a lot of your maintenance as well.
While you want to be sure to aerate at least once per year, a second time might be needed as well. This is especially true if you’re working in a lawn with compacted soil or soil with high clay content. If this is the case for you, then setting time aside for both an early spring and early fall aeration will do the job right.
Don’t forget the part that moisture has to play in the growth of new seed either. Make sure that the yard is moist enough to allow the aerator to penetrate the soil easily. Then, after overseeding, be sure that you’re watering the lawn at least every other day for the next couple of weeks. This will promote proper germination that leads to the lush green grass your customer dreams of.
You only get one shot at aeration and overseeding this year, make an impression.
A survey for the National Association of Landscape Professionals found that 74% of people who have a lawn believe they know how to care for it. Results from that same survey paint a different picture. Nearly 64% falsely believe all grass needs fertilization in the spring, among other misconceptions. If you’re unsure of what seed to use or how to take care of your lawn, be sure to reach out to a professional.
We know men hate asking for directions, but trust us, it’s ok to ask advice about your lawn.
Be sure to survey your property, understand your yard conditions, and create a plan. Using aeration and overseeding is a big step in keeping your lawn lush and green.
So lush, your neighbors will be ‘green’ with envy.