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Why and When Should I Aerate, Compost, and Reseed My Lawn?

Aerate

Aeration allows air, water, and nutrients to reach the roots of the grass more effectively.

Compost

Composting improves soil structure and microbes and reduces weeds and disease.

Reseed

Reseed adds new seed to thicken turf in areas of summer damage and repair areas where weeds have been eliminated.

Why Aerate?

  • Extracts 2-5″ plugs of thatch and soil out from your lawn
  • Allows air, water, and nutrients to reach the roots of the grass more effectively.
  • Improves drainage, promotes root growth, improves resiliency, improves fertilizer and water uptake
  • Reduces soil compaction and reduces the chance of puddling.

Why Compost?

  • Improves soil structure and microbes
  • Natural fertilizer
  • Reduces weeds and disease
  • Reduces needs for irrigation and nutrient runoff.

Why Overseed?

  • Fescue is a bunch type grass and only regenerates through seeding
  • Adds new seed to thicken turf in areas of summer damage
  • Repairs areas where weeds have been eliminated
  • Improves lawn density and visual appearance
  • Improves lawns resistance to disease and drought

When is the Best Time to Perform these Services?

September and October

 
The temperatures during this time consist of cool days and warm nights. Germination takes place from 7-21 days after seeding. During the first month, the soil needs to be kept moist for successful germination. Once the turf reaches 3.5-5” it should be cut on your mowers highest setting to prevent the turf from laying over.

Maintenance after Planting

After your grass has germinated and is happy and healthy, it is time to fertilize and eliminate any weeds that have germinated during since the seeding process began. After you have cut your lawn twice, it is safe to apply weed control. Many times, this takes place in November or December in the Fredericksburg Region.

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