Your lawn is a living breathing organism. It takes more abuse from the sun, rain, wind, wear and tear than anything else on your property from pets and people walking on the turf. Not to mention that one little piece that never seems to quite fill in whether it be from the dog digging or the corner piece by the driveway that gets driven over every time someone pulls in or out of the driveway!
“I’ve been here for 20 years and never seeded, why do I need to do it now?” Well, the answer is simple. Annual aeration and seeding will allow healthy grass roots to thrive. Aeration allows water and nutrients to easily reach the root level of your lawn and controls lawn thatch, leading to thicker, stronger roots for a healthier lawn. We use seed that is endophyticly enhanced with natural enzymes to fend off disease and insects as well as making the turfgrass more drought and heat resistant.
Aeration will help break up compaction in the soil by extracting a core of soil at a depth of approximately 2-6 inches in return the roots will have increased oxygenation, reduce thatch and improve the soils ability for water to matriculate through the soil stimulating new root growth. We at Healthy Lawn use the crisscross method when aerating, meaning we go across the lawn twice with the aerator in opposite directions which doubles the seed to soil contact with the core thus doubling germination and preventing the “row” appearance of new growth.
The average grass plant has a life cycle of two years and because the turf is mowed before the plant reaches the height needed to bloom and produce a seed head overseeding is required to increase turf thickness and help crowd out weeds, a thick turf is the best way to control weed populations and will help reduce the amount of pesticides needed to control weeds.