Your central Iowa lawn can thrive with our aeration and overseeding services.
You may know the signs of aeration without even realizing it—those little cylinders of soil you see spread out on lawns. What you may not realize is that this process of poking holes in the soil can make your lawn healthier and stronger, and combining that with overseeding (laying grass seed on top of grass) will produce better growth.
We’ve put together a quick guide on what you need to know about aeration and overseeding for your lawn in Des Moines, West Des Moines, and surrounding central Iowa areas.
The aeration and overseeding process
The core aeration process is pretty simple and involves using specialized tools to poke holes into the soil. Over time, and as you walk over the grass, the soil becomes compacted, and a layer of decomposing grass forms as the base this is called thatch.
The aeration process pulls small plugs from the soil, which will create more space for roots to grow and take in nutrients, fertilizer, water, and air. The result is healthier grass.
Overseeding is a related service that involves spreading grass seed over the entire lawn, regardless of the fact that there is already grass. The combined effort of existing grass growth and new germination will lead to thicker grass.
Do I really need both services at the same time?
To make the most out of your lawn care, it’s best to overseed immediately after aeration, and there’s a logical reason for that. The aeration process creates a lot of surface area and exposed soil (which is a good thing!) to give the root system ample opportunity to take in resources.
Spreading seed right after aeration will give the new seeds space to germinate and allow them to take in more water and nutrients than if your overseed without aeration. Fall is typically the best time for these services, but it can be done in the spring depending on your lawn—our pros can help determine what works best for you.
Aeration and overseeding is beneficial for your lawn
The aeration and overseeding process can help fix some common lawn problems, including:
- Lawn pests
- Bare/thin spots
These services combined will create a lawn with a healthy, thicker root system that prevents weeds from taking over and can deter lawn pests that can damage your property.
Bare spot and thin spots can emerge and grow as you continue to use your lawn, and when the rains come, that exposed soil will wash away, causing even more unsightly damage. Overseeding will fill in these problem areas, simultaneously producing a more attractive lawn and reducing erosion.
Essentially, your lawn will be healthier and hardier than if you just leave the lawn alone.
Ready to fix your lawn? Schedule a consultation today.
In greater Des Moines and nearby areas of central Iowa, we provide professional aeration and overseeding services. If you are in need of expert lawn care, call us today at (515) 289-2020 and we’ll send a team member out to assess your property.