Why Aeration and Overseeding is Important

Mowing your grass and watering your plants are a great way to keep the exterior of your home looking maintained, but there are additional lawncare techniques available to you that can produce beautiful results and make sure your lawn will be the best on the block. If you’re looking to produce a great looking lawn, aeration and overseeding will be critical to your success.

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What is Aeration?

Aeration is the removal of soil cores from your lawn. These cores are about 1-2” deep and are extracted by a machine called an aerator. Soil can become very compacted and lead to root starvation from the important elements which grass needs to survive. Aeration alleviates this soil compaction and allows water, air, and nutrients to flow more freely through the soil and to your grass’ roots.

The actual activity of aeration is quite labor-intensive and the machines are difficult to use. For this reason, it’s commonly recommended to simply hire a local Westminster lawn care company to come and perform an aeration service for you, as opposed to doing it yourself.

What is Overseeding?

Overseeding is a process where new grass seed is spread on your lawn and is commonly performed alongside aeration. The main reason we perform these activities at the same time is that the hole created during aeration offers a great place for grass seed to be introduced. Another main reason we aerate and overseed at the same time is because it’s the right time of year to do both activities—so bundling these services saves you money.

While spreading grass seed is fairly straight-forward, knowing exactly what type of grass to spread is not. You must consider your current variety of grass as well as the environment of your lawn when choosing the best seed. For this reason, it’s best to hire a lawn care service in Westminster to come out and perform a lawn seeding service for you.

Benefits of Aeration and Overseeding:

Aeration and overseeding is one of the most important activities to perform when looking to build a healthy lawn. Here are some of the main benefits of this service:

  • Reduces soil compaction
  • Introduces new varieties of turfgrass which are more resistant to insects and disease
  • Improves the density of your turfgrass—offering less space for weeds to grow
  • Increases flow of air, water, and nutrients to your grass’ root system
  • Helps to reduce your lawn’s thatch layer by bringing beneficial microbes to the surface
  • Encourages roots to grow deeper—leading to better drought tolerance

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When is the Best Time to Perform Aeration and Overseeding?

Here in Maryland, the best time to perform aeration and overseeding usually in the fall. This is because most homeowners have a northern variety of turfgrass; for those home-owners who have southern turfgrass in their lawn, aeration and overseeding is more effective in the spring or summer.

That all said, your lawn will benefit greatly—no matter what time of year—from an aeration and overseeding service because it is such a beneficial activity. To put it in perspective, if someone was having trouble breathing, would you want to take them to the hospital until after rush hour because it’s a better time to drive?

Core vs. Spike Aeration

A spike aerator simply pokes holes into the ground using a solid fork. Poking holes in the ground is much less effective than removing cores of soil, and for obvious reasons. The main issue is the soil is compacted which causes the roots to starve. Although spike aeration does provide pockets for air and water to get to the grass’ roots, it also compacts the surrounding soil even more, and can sometimes do more harm than good. Because of this, it’s best to go with a core aeration service over spike aeration.

Looking for a reliable Westminster, MD aeration service for your lawn? Hilltop Lawn Services is your best bet! We are family owned and operated and pride ourselves on taking the time and care needed to produce extraordinary landscapes and satisfy all of our customers.

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