Getting Your Turf in Order
7 Points You Need to Know about Fall Lawn Aeration & Overseeding
If your lawn has too many weeds or brown spots, it may be time for you to get your turf in order. And that means it’s time to aerate and overseed your lawn if you live in Mid, North, South, West Counties or St. Louis proper.
Why is core aeration and overseeding important?
Core aeration provides your soil with the opportunity to get healthy again. And healthy soil
means that your grass seed will be able to take hold and develop into a full, green and lush lawn the following spring.
And why do we recommend core aeration and overseeding in the fall?
The cooler temperatures make it the best time to take care of your yard because the climate allows your newly planted grass to develop deep root systems and to grow into a nice carpet. Plus, there’s less weed competition crowding out the newly established grass.
Here are seven points that you need to know about how we, at R.F. Landscape Services, handle your grass’s renovation:
- Core Aeration: We will take plugs of dirt out of the ground with an aerator. The tiny holes that are created by the aerator will allow air, moisture, and fertilizer to penetrate into the soil to bring it back to health. Those holes will also allow our seeder to directly deposit grass seed right into the ground. And don’t worry about the plugs; they’ll dissolve back into the soil the next time it rains or the next time that you use your irrigation system.
- Soil Test: We’ll also take samples of your soil to test it for pH balance and to see if you have the right balance of nitrogen (N), potassium (K), and phosphorous (P)—the three basic nutrients for a vigorous lawn. After we get your results, we’ll be able to know how much fertilizer you’ll need to get these nutrients back to their correct levels.
- Lime: Your soil test will also tell us if we should add lime to your yard. Lime works to balance your ground’s pH. And lime applications in late fall are best because the ground’s freezing and thawing, as well as Missouri’s rain- and snowfall allow the lime to gradually absorb into the ground over the winter months.
- Overseeding: When we overseed your lawn, we’ll add grass seed directly into the soil using our seed spreader. This allows your new grass to develop and grow before the first freeze of the year.
- Top dressing: Top dressing is simply organic matter that we put on top of lawns to give them some extra nutrition. For your renovated lawn, we’ll add a layer of top dressing to give your seedlings some extra nutrients.
- Irrigation: After we’re done with overseeding and top dressing applications, we’ll help you set up an irrigation schedule. Ideally, it’s best if you have a sprinkler or irrigation system in place to set the timer and water sensors. You want your lawn to develop deep root systems before the winter. Thus, your new lawn will need consistent moisture to keep the ground wet without overwatering it.
- Checkup: We’ll stop by to check on your new turf’s progress and fix any problems that occur. At that time, please ask us any questions or concerns you may have about your renovated lawn.
Are you ready to revitalize your greater St. Louis, Missouri yard? Then contact us today to set up your core aeration and overseeding appointment by calling us at 314-487-6400 or filling out our contact form.