The Benefits of Aeration and Overseeding

Are you not satisfied with the way your grass looks? Has it seen better days? Does it seem no matter what you do you just can’t get your grass to respond to water and fertilizer? The issue may actually be deeper than you think.

 

What Is Soil Compaction? 

Over time, the time we spend playing on, walking on, and even mowing our grass can cause the soil underneath to become compact. The situation can be made worse by an added layer of thatch, or organic matter that creates a barrier between the grass and the soil. When soil is compact, it doesn’t allow water, nutrients, or even air to pass through it. This will cause your grass to wither, weaken, and exhibit signs of drought.

 

What Is Aeration?

When soil becomes too compact, it can strangle your grass to death. Aeration is the process of using a machine to pull hundreds of tiny plugs of turf out of your lawn. This loosens the soil, allowing water, nutrients, and air to flow back into your grass’s roots.

 

What Are The Signs of Soil Compaction?water puddling on grass

If you don’t know better, soil compaction can appear to be a host of other lawn problems. But if you aren’t sure what is causing your yard to not perform to standards, then look for these telltale signs of soil compaction.

Pooling Water: 

Compacted soil prevents water from being soaked up by the ground. If there are puddles left behind after a rain that never goes away, it might be a sign you have compacted soil.

Spongy Grass: 

Spongy grass is a sign of too much thatch. This thick layer of organic material prevents water from reaching the grassroots underneath. It can also be a welcoming home for lawn pests.

Hard Soil: 

An easy way to check for compact soil is to stick a screwdriver into the ground. If it’s easy to push the screwdriver all the way to the hilt, then your soil is fine. If it is hard or impossible, then your soil is in dire need of aeration. 

 

Overseedinggrass seed being spread by hand

After aerating your yard, it is the perfect opportunity to overseed. Overseeding is different from hydroseeding, in that overseeding is done on already established lawns. Overseeding not only helps your grass thicken up, but if you incorporate other varieties of grass, you can make your grass more resistant to drought, pests, and even diseases.

If you are struggling to get your grass to look thick and healthy, try overseeding. Aerating is usually followed by overseeding to help get the grass to thicken up. The fresh holes left from lawn aeration are perfect for growing new grass from seeds. The best time to overseed in Michigan is early fall when soil temperatures are still warm, but the air temperatures are cooler. 

 

Benefits of Overseeding

Like aeration, overseeding is a great way to enhance the health and beauty of your yard. Overseeding has other benefits that improve your yard in many ways.

Reduced Erosion

Overseeding is a great way to quickly establish new grass to prevent soil runoff during new constructions.

Improved Appearance

Overseeding can fix bare spots that appear in lawns and give your yard a more uniform look and color.

 

Call The Pros At RZ Sports Stuff

When combined, aerating and overseeding can significantly increase the health of your yard and boost its appearance. If you feel like your residential or commercial yards and athletic fields could benefit from aeration and overseeding, then call the pros at RZ Sports Turf

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