We all want to take care of our garden, and most of us know the basic practices you have to follow to make sure your lawn stays green and healthy. You need to make sure you mow your lawn regularly, make sure it is fertilized and watered properly, and remove any unwanted weeds.
These are all great, basic steps you can take to ensure the health of your lawn, but these aren’t always enough.
If your lawn is starting to look rough, if it has patches of dead grass or lawn thatch, then it may be time to give your lawn some TLC in the form of core aeration and over-seeding.
Heard of these terms before? Know how they can benefit your lawn? If not, there’s no need to worry, just look below to find all the information you need on what these processes are, and what they can do for your lawn.
What is core aeration?
Core aeration is basically the method of using many small hollow tines to perforate the lawn with holes. These holes, which are a couple of inches deep, alleviate soil compaction and allow crucial water and nutrients to penetrate deep into the soil, encouraging the roots to grow deeper and strengthening the lawn.
You should consider aerating your lawn if it endures a heavy level of use, particularly if you have children and pets. Also, if your lawn is frequently drying out easily it may be a sign you need to aerate.
What are the benefits?
Core aeration has myriad benefits for your lawn, including, as previously stated, relieving soil compaction. Soil compaction is where the soil has too many particles pressed too closely together, leaving not enough room for water infiltration and drainage, and impeding root growth. Further benefits of aeration include; increasing fertilizer uptake and oxygen movement between the atmosphere and the soil.
What is over-seeding?
Over-seeding is the process of planting new grass seeds into an existing lawn’s turf. It works best when completed immediately after aerating a lawn, and is an ideal way to take care of any present bare spots, introducing an improved variety of grass to, and enhancing the color of, your lawn.
Depending on where you live, the ideal time to over-seed your lawn is usually from late summer to early fall
What are the benefits?
Similar to aeration, there are many benefits to over-seeding your lawn. In addition to filling in bare or thinning patches of turf, over-seeding can help build resistance to disease by introducing different strands of grass seed . Over-seeding can also help to reduce weeds, as many weeds like to grow in thin areas where they know they can thrive.
One of the biggest benefits of both core aeration and over-seeding is also the one that you will notice straight away: they both work wonders to improve your lawns appearance, making it lusher and more vibrant.
Now that you are more clued up on effective treatments for your lawn, why not check out the full range of services on offer from Grasshopper Lawns.