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16 Sep

The Benefits of Aerating and Overseeding Twice Per Year

Now is the time to aerate and overseed your lawn.  Do you know if your lawn needs it?  To be honest, every lawn would benefit from aerating and overseeding.  Any areas of high traffic that look worn, yards that don’t green up after fertilizing and/or brown easily in high heat conditions, yards with poor drainage that have standing water after it rains, and homes built on poor subsoil with clay are all excellent reasons to aerate your yard.
Aeration, also called core aeration, is the process of mechanically perforating the soil, as well as any thatch layer that might exist, by removing a core or plug of soil and depositing that core on the surface to break down.  Aerating will allow water, air and fertilizer to penetrate all the way down to the root zone. This in turn allows the roots to grow deeper, creating a healthier and thicker lawn. It will also greatly reduce the chances of having thatch buildup. It will reduce soil compaction and will create an optimal environment for direct seed to soil contact.
Overseeding is just another way of planting more seed in your existing lawn in order to thicken the grass you have now and to fill-in the areas that are bare.  The typical application rate of grass seed is between 3.5 – 5 pounds per 1,000 square feet.  
Performing both aeration and overseeding services will greatly improve the aesthetics and the function of your turf, and doing this twice per year (in the Spring and Fall) will double your efforts but could quite possibly double the likelihood that your lawn is everything you’ve always wanted it to be! 

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