When your lawn wakes up in the spring, so does your desire to use the space. But imagine after months of cold weather, you find that your lawn is far from what you had envisioned. The area you assumed would be thick, lush and green turns out to be thin, dull and brown.
It's a struggle many homeowners face and one you can help prevent by taking the right steps now. This all comes down to pairing the right techniques—aeration and overseeding—at the right time.
The Relationship Between Soil & Your Lawn’s Health
Whether it’s for better or worse, the condition of your soil is directly correlated to the health of your lawn. Soil that can easily access air, water and nutrients and cycle them through the environment helps sustain healthy grass, while compacted soil that provides little room for these elements to filter through to roots gives way to dull grass.
There is more than meets the eye here, though. Differences in appearance aside, the healthy grass creates a safer environment for homeowners by driving out pests while delivering sustainable benefits like erosion control and a reduction in water runoff. On the flipside, the dull grass is more prone to insects, weeds and disease, contributes to pollution and takes away from groundwater resources.
Make Aeration & Overseed Part of Your Fall Lawn Care Routine
When it comes to which side of the coin your lawn lands on, your fall lawn care routine plays a significant role. After all, this is the time of year you need to prepare your lawn to survive the winter months and wake up healthy in the springtime.
One of the best ways to ensure your grass gets the oxygen, water and nutrients it needs is through aeration and overseed. By adding thousands of tiny holes to your lawn, aeration relieves compressed soil and establishes more routes for moisture to flow through the system and reach grass roots. This translates into a better fall growing season and less winter death.
Holes from aeration can also provide drainage help in the fall and winter. When heavy blankets of snow accumulate and melt on your lawn, the top layer of compacted soil can remain moist and encourage disease over time. Adequate drainage avoids this problem by preventing excess water from accumulating on your lawn.
Then there’s the overseed component. As bare and patchy spots on your lawn are filled in with grass seed, areas of new lawn growth are reestablished. This results in grass that is better able to withstand insects and disease, heavy traffic and environmental conditions like drought and shade.
Enhance the Health of Your Lawn with Aeration & Overseed
The lawn care techniques you use now can have a significant impact on the future of your lawn’s health. By making aeration and overseed part of your fall lawn care routine, your grass is set up for success in the long term—the benefits of which extend far beyond its appearance to its safety and environmental health.
The team at Weed Pro has years of experience helping homeowners keep their lawn healthy via lawn aeration and overseed services. To learn more about how we can help with your outdoor space, contact us today.