How To Get A Healthier Yard With Aeration And Overseeding
Aeration and overseeding are fast and effective methods to improve the appearance and health of your lawn. Overseeding can make your grass stronger and more able to survive droughts, pests, and diseases. At Royal Greens Professional Lawn Care, we offer aeration and overseeding services to turn your ordinary yard into an outstanding yard.
Everything You Need To Know About Aeration And Overseeding
Is It Time to Aerate Your Yard?
It’s that time of the year again. Temperatures are rising, buds are blooming, and birds are returning. Spring is also a time to get your yard prepared for summer, so it greens up quickly before the weeds do. One of the most beneficial things you can do to your yard in the spring is to get it aerated.
What is Core Aeration?
Marylanders love spending time in their yards in the summer months. After all, what’s the point in investing all this money in lawn care if you can’t use it. But after all these graduations, weddings, barbecues, and get-togethers, it can leave your soil compact. Compacted soil is a lawn condition that prevents water and air from getting to the roots of your grass. Core aeration can solve this problem by pulling up small plugs of sod and loosening up the soil. After your grass can breathe and drink again, you will notice it return to its former lushness and then some.
What Is Liquid Aeration?
Liquid aeration serves the same purpose as traditional core aeration, but it uses different methods to achieve results. Using a product called Liquid Air8, combined with water in a hose, your lawn care professional will create micro-fractures in the soil. This alleviates the compaction and creates space within the soil for air, nutrients, and water. This innovative method is just as effective as traditional core aeration and could be a more affordable choice if you have a smaller yard. In particular, this method is the best option for yards where an aeration machine can’t reach every part of the ground or on yards with pet fencing and irrigation systems. Like core aeration, liquid aeration is best performed in the spring and fall.
What Are the Signs of Compacted Soil?
Before you choose to get your yard aerated, you must first determine if your soil is compacted.
Symptoms of compact soil include:
- Water running off and pooling in low areas.
- Weak or yellowing grass.
- Spongy grass caused by thatch.
- Soil too hard to dig.
When Should I Aerate My Lawn?
Aeration is a scientific process that needs to be properly timed to coincide with your grass’s growing season. If it is done while your grass is dormant, it will give weeds a chance to take over. Two types of grasses grow in Maryland; cool-season and warm-season grasses. Knowing what type of grass you have and its growing season is the first step in aerating your lawn.
Cool-season grasses are adapted to the colder climates of the United States and do their growing during early spring and fall. During the summer, they go semi-dormant during long dry spells. Common cool-season grasses used in Maryland include Kentucky bluegrass, rough bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, fescues, and bentgrass.
Warm-season grasses are grasses adapted to warmer climates of the United States and do their growing during hot summers. They go dormant during late fall, winter, and early spring.
In addition to aerating your lawn, a common practice is to plant grass seed immediately after. Since the earth is already opened up, seeds can easily take root and fill in thinning or bare patches of turfgrass.
How To Plant Grass Seed
Overseeding Your Lawn
Overseeding is another beneficial process that is usually performed after the conclusion of aeration. This is because your yard is full of holes and ready for sowing. Overseeding is the addition of other types of grass seeds into your existing lawn. By mixing different species of grasses, you can make your turf more resilient to pests, diseases, and drought.
By maintaining healthy turfgrass through regular watering, mowing, de-thatching, and keeping up with lawn fertilizer, you’ll enjoy a healthy, vibrant lawn, reduce the likelihood of weeds, and enjoy the benefits of aeration all season long. Aeration is like getting a tooth cleaning at the dentist. It’s important to have it done twice a year, but if you don’t brush your teeth in the meantime, the professional treatment will only help so far.
Hire The Lawn Care Pros at Royal Greens Professional Lawn Care
Aeration is a beneficial process that can improve your landscape by leaps and bounds. However, if you have never operated an aerator, you should leave it to the experts at Royal Greens Professional Lawn Care. We have decades of experience dealing with lawn problems. If your soil is showing signs of soil compaction, call us today and ask about our aeration lawn service. And if needed, we can assist you in choosing the best grass seed for Maryland lawns.
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