Aeration is the process of mechanically removing small plugs of thatch and soil from the lawn to allow air, water, and fertilizer to penetrate the root zone. Minnesota lawns typically have a high clay content which make them compact and ideal candidates for aeration. The best time for aeration is during the growing season (early spring or fall), when the grass has time to heal and fill in any open areas after soil plugs are removed. Irrigation heads (and the control box) as well as invisible fencing need to be marked prior to our arrival. We recommend landscape marking flags from home improvement stores.
What are the benefits of core aeration?
What is Aeration?
Core aeration can help make your lawn healthier and reduce its maintenance requirements through these means:
Improved air exchange between the soil and atmosphere
Reduced soil compaction
Enhanced soil water uptake
Improved fertilizer uptake and use
Stronger turfgrass roots
Enhanced heat and drought stress tolerance
Enhanced thatch breakdown.
What is Overseeding?
Overseeding is another important step in making your lawn look nice and full. Overseeding following aeration makes sense because seeds can take advantage of the disturbed surface to create better seed-to-soil contact, which encourages successful germination. Late summer/early fall is the ideal time of year to overseed. Warmer days will help the seed germinate and establish itself before winter sets in.
We can also seed bare areas in your lawn. This can be done in spring, late summer, or as a dormant seeding in early November. We utilize high quality, disease-resistant seed and match it to the correct conditions for each location, whether it be a spot treatment or an entire lawn application. If you do not have an irrigation system we can bring in an above ground system to help ensure high seed germination rates.