Fall Aerification and Overseeding

Green grass backgroundIn the spring of 2015, a fuller, lusher lawn is going to be the first thing on most homeowners’ minds. Fall is the time to start the preparation for that beautiful lawn and two enhancement techniques described below will enhance the green, healthy turf that passersby will notice–all year long!


In common terms, aeration is the process of mechanically removing small plugs of thatch and soil from the lawn to improve natural soil aeration. It’s commonly called “core aeration” in the lawn service industry. Benefits of lawn aerification include:

  • Enhanced soil water absorption
  • Improved fertilizer uptake and use
  • Reduced water runoff and better water absorption
  • Improved growth and health of turfgrass roots
  • Reduced soil compaction
  • Enhanced heat and drought stress tolerance
  • Improved resiliency and cushioning
  • Enhanced thatch breakdown

Most commonly aerification is recommended in the early spring, late summer, or fall months, but it can be done any time of year. Yearly aeration is recommended on most lawns and a professional can give recommendations on specific lawn concerns and how the process of aerification may help. Most lawns can benefit greatly from the process and it is difficult to over aerate a lawn. Some lawns that have been neglected in this area and are significantly aged can even be aerified in the spring and fall, twice a year.


Outside of a standard lawn care program that provides weed control and fertilization, overseeding is one of the most important things a lawn lover can do to revive an aging lawn or to keep a lawn green and healthy.

Grass is not ageless and over time, it shows wear and tear areas, from typical aging as well as environmental issues such as pets and children, traffic, etc. Loss of a vibrant green color may be the beginning symptoms of an aging lawn, and then more water, fertilizer, and lime treatments are needed. Also, many lawn lovers will report more significant drought damage, winter struggles, and even increased insect inhabitants as a lawn ages.  Overseeding helps reduce this by adding new grass into the existing lawn. If done regularly, overseeding creates a youthful lawn that is continually revitalized.

For new lawns that are not aging, it’s crucial to keep your lawn looking great and prevent aging. By introducing new grass, it helps the lawn stay strong and vibrant. Older and weaker plants are replaced by new, healthy ones. The end result is a lawn that stays green and resists environmental stressors.

ITS TIME… call Aspen at 304-763-4573 to request a complimentary lawn analysis and estimate for FALL AERIFICATION and OVERSEEDING.

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