Aeration, Seeding, and Fertilizing
Over time grass can begin to look faded, patchy, and worn down. Like the rest of your landscape, your lawn requires a little love to stay looking it’s best. One of the easiest , most effective steps in making your lawn look incredible year after year is aerating in the fall. So what is aerating and how does it work?
Aeration is a process done by simply poking holes or “plugging” a yard to allow oxygen, water, and other nutrients to reach the grass’ roots. Aeration only refers to exposing something to air, or causing air to circulate through a solution…even milk is aerated. Though your yard is different from milk, the concept is the same. By poking holes in the lawn, it gives the air and water direct access the grass’ root systems.
For best results, aerate during your lawn’s growing season. Certain types of grasses have different opportune growing seasons. Most grass in North Carolina is a Fescue blend, which is a cool season grass. Cool season grasses thrive during early spring and mid-Autumn. We recommend aerating in the fall for three reasons.
- The temperatures are more consistent in the fall (Ideal temps are 65 – 85 degrees).
- The new grass will thrive and then enter a dormant season, allowing for good root growth. (Aerations done in the spring cause new grass to endue summer heat, which is the number one killer of cool weather turf).
- Fall tends to have more consistent rain without the chance of overnight frosts.
Summer grasses are slightly different. Summer grasses tend to excel in…well, the Summer. Summer grasses, like Zoysia and Bermuda, fare well in intense heat with minimal water, but go dormant in the cooler seasons. So, if you have summer grasses, wait to aerate until it is nice and hot, during their growing season.
(Tip: Always aerate when the soil is nice and moist. If it is do dry, the aerator will not perform well because it might not break all the way through the compacted soil)
Next step – Seeding. Seeding very simply, is spreading grass seed over the existing grass. Seeding should done after the lawn is aerated, that way the seeds can get deep into the soil and establish their root system.
Seeding during the growing season is important for obvious reasons. When you seed during the growing season, you increase the chances of the seed germinating. If you spread Fescue seed when it is still hot outside, it is unlikely that most of the seed is going to germinate.
Southern Exposure uses only the best grass seed for our properties…We actually do mean the best. We only use NC State’s highest rated turfgrass for our climate. At Southern Exposure, we know that not all lawns are the same, so we use the best grass seed for your lawn’s state and conditions. That way you can be sure that your lawn is getting the best treatment.
Final step – Fertilization, the essential key to a successful aeration. Fertilizer jump starts the germination process. It also helps to keep the lawn healthy and performing its best. Fertilizer contains essential nutrients that most lawns don’t get from soil alone. Fertilizing a freshly aerated lawn helps bring nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium to the grass’ root system. These three elements are like steroids to grass, helping them become more vibrant and thick, helping fight off diseases, insects, and avoid patchiness.
Water, Water, Water
Finally, make sure you water regularly. You can check out our post aeration watering guide HERE.
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