Pets, heavy snow, and frequent foot traffic can all leave your lawn with thin patches that make it look unattractive and unhealthy. It can even happen when you take extra time to treat and water the area. Fortunately, you can give your lawn a lush appearance with double aeration and overseeding. At The Lawnsmith, we recommend that homeowners schedule this procedure in the spring and fall to ensure a healthy lawn throughout the year.
What Happens During Double Aeration and Overseeding?
Double aeration is the process of removing thatch and other unwanted debris that interferes with your lawn's root growth. We do this by inserting round, hollow tines into the ground to help break apart the soil and bring it to the surface. The second part of this process involves placing multiple grass seeds on the barren areas of your lawn to discourage weed growth and improve the overall quality of your lawn.
The Benefits of Double Aeration
This process is beneficial to the health of your lawn in several ways, including the following:
- Improved root system: This process helps the roots of your lawn maintain long-term health. Keep in mind that the lawn maintenance you perform now has a major effect on its performance for several years to come.
- Relief of soil compaction: Foot traffic and the use of heavy machinery are just two ways that soil structure can break down and become impacted. Physically inserting an aeration tine into the soil reduces its bulk density.
- Reduction of thatch: Thatch, which is dead and living plant material, is typically present between the surface of the soil and the part of the lawn that is visible to you. When thatch accumulates to more than half an inch, it can cause significant damage. Double aeration loosens the thatch and forces it to begin decomposing.
- Improved water filtration: When soil is compacted, it doesn't absorb water very well. Double aeration corrects the problem so your lawn receives the nourishment it needs for proper growth.
Finally, overseeding is most beneficial when completed at the same time as double aeration.
Contact us for an estimate on this service.