If you’re big into caring for your New Jersey property, you’ve probably heard a few lawn care buzzwords as the fall season draws nearer. Do “aeration” and “overseeding” ring any bells? They should! Not only are these two services easy on the wallet, they are also crucial for your turf during the latter parts of the year.
For a breakdown of how aeration and overseeding can benefit your grass, see Weed Man Bergen County, NJ’s detailed profile below.
Aeration is one of the most important steps you can take towards a healthy lawn. Your lawn requires cultivation to help improve soil conditions, and to build a greater resistance against disease, insects, and drought. Ideally, the process should be performed twice a year, once in early spring and then again in the fall. Both periods offer cool air and moist soil which allow for optimum results.Core aeration is the removal of small cores of soil and thatch (the layer of living and decomposing organic debris between the soil surface and green vegetation) from your lawn with specially designed equipment. A series of hollow coring tines are rolled over the lawn, puncturing its surface and systematically removing small plugs of soil and thatch from the lawn. The removal of these plugs allows air, water and nutrients to reach the root system of grass plants much more effectively. In turn, both fertilizer and water use become more efficient. This contributes to a healthier, deeper root system that enables the grass plants to better overcome stress caused by insects and disease.
Plugs should be left on the lawn following aeration, as they contain soil microorganisms that will help break down thatch. These plugs disappear in a short period of time when left on the surface of the lawn.
How do you achieve a lawn which is dense in both aesthetic appeal and substance? The answer is overseeding – the practice of sowing additional seed over existing grass to bolster and restore your lawn.
Overseeding is necessary since, over time, the individual grass blades on your lawn weaken and perish with age, thus making it more vulnerable to disease, insects and weeds. Areas in your yard which are harmed by anything from extreme temperatures to heavy foot traffic also benefit from overseeding. It helps re-establish a lawn’s strong foundation, and progressively improves the overall health and appearance.
Affected patches of the lawn should be well raked prior to overseeding, in order to remove dead grass and loosen the soil. This promotes the new seed’s growth by providing additional aeration and drainage for water.
Once the lawn is prepared, the seed should be applied as evenly as possible and stamped into contact with the soil. If your soil is thin, you may want to add some new soil to the area. Remember not to leave exposed seed on top of the soil since it can be washed away in a heavy rainfall or watering, blown away by the wind or eaten by your friendly neighborhood bird population who will thank you for the tasty snack.
For best results, contact your local Weed Man professional. Our technicians are trained to aerate and overseed at the right time of the season, giving you the most bang for your buck and the best looking lawn in the neighborhood.
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