Spring and fall are the best times of year for aeration and seeding on your grass. The weather is more temperate during these seasons, so the turf seed can retain moisture and take root much more quickly that during the humid, hot summers in St. Louis when seeds are more at risk of drying out.
What Is Aeration & Why Is It Necessary?
Aeration is the process of removing plugs of turf via an aerator. It airs out soil that is dense and stifled, helps water penetrate into the soil more easily, reduces water runoff and encourages a more deeply rooted lawn. In the end, your turf is much healthier come springtime and better able to withstand disease and insect stress, as well as drought stress.
The reason aeration really works is because it relieves your lawn of thatch. Thatch is a layer of turf leaves, stems and roots—dead and living—that lies on top of the soil in a tightly woven layer beneath visible turfgrass blades. Thatch is normal and contributes to lawn health by keeping your turf plants from losing water while decreasing soil compaction, insulating the plant and helping it tolerate foot traffic, particularly in busy areas. However, while a half-inch thick layer of thatch is healthy, more than that—three-quarters or more—usually means it’s time for aeration to help break up some of that thatch layer so it doesn’t damage your turf.
Overseeding Is Essential To A Consistently Picturesque Lawn
Overseeding is also a necessary lawn service. Lawns can naturally show wear and tear for many reasons. For instance, repeated foot traffic can wear away a path through your turf. Also, if larger plants that surround your turf grow and create more shade (or if a tree is removed and brings more direct sunlight to a space), those changes can cause your lawn to wither and thin. Just like us, lawns don’t always adapt well to drastic changes.
This is why regular overseeding can be essential to maintaining your lush lawn. This service is particularly effective after aeration. We use a premium fine-blade, drought-tolerant fescue grass seed. Overseeding refills any bare spots in your turf at an optimum time so they won’t plaque your lawn once the snow melts in the spring and so the new, healthy growth helps crowd out weeds.
We Can Answer All Of Your Aeration & Seeding Questions
Aeration and overseeding help complete your lawn care package. No matter what lawn challenges you’re experiencing, we can provide a solution that works for you. Give us a call at 314-770-2828 or use our simple contact form to discuss your lawn care needs.