Landscapers and sod experts agree: aeration and overseeding are key aspects of seasonal lawn maintenance. The summer heat bakes, withers, and kills entire sections of your turf, making your yard dry and patchy. Lawns also have to contend with insects, irrigation issues, and heavy foot traffic during the hot summer months. September and October mark the shift in seasonal gardening from cultivation to restoration and preparation.
Aeration removes small plugs of turf evenly across your yard. While the process might seem unsightly and unnecessary, aerating your lawn is crucial to revitalizing your grass. The holes allow oxygen, nutrients, and moisture to penetrate the root of your sod, creating a healthier lawn with better drainage. Benefits include:
- Improved fertilizer efficiency and reduced runoff
- Oxygenated and nourished grass roots
- Loosened compacted soil
- Improved rainfall irrigation
- Decreased presence of thatch
Aeration increases the density and growth of your landscape. If the plugging process undermines your aesthetics, rake your grass to break up the clumps of turf. Or simply wait a few weeks to let the elements decompose the plugs naturally.
The optimal time to overseed is just after aerating your lawn. The holes allow new seed to infiltrate the soil, giving your grass better protection, hydration, and nutrition for the growing process. Fescue is relatively low-maintenance and grows fastest in the fall; a few hours of preparation will help your yard thrive year-round. Overseeding allows you to fill in dry patches, bolster withering grass, and make existing grass thick and lush. Root growth increases during the warm autumn days and cooling southern nights, so fall is the perfect time to revitalize your Georgia grass and prepare your fescue for next spring.
For more questions on aeration and overseeding, contact NG Turf.