Aeration with overseeding is a great method of repairing lawns suffering from summer stress. Fall is a key time for this service, since growing conditions are favorable and there’s less competition from weeds. Plus, any new grass planted in the fall will have time to get established before the taxing summer season returns.
The Aerating and Overseeding Process
The first step is to make several passes over the lawn with a machine known as a core aerator. This machine removes plugs of soil and excessive thatch from the lawn, creating holes through which air, water, and fertilizer can more easily travel to the roots.
Next, the lawn is overseeded by broadcasting new grass seed throughout the turf with a spreader. The holes left by aeration will catch the seed and provide better seed-to-soil contact for improved germination rates. To ensure successful growth, the soil needs to kept moist for several weeks after overseeding.