North Carolina summers are characterized by scorching temps, high humidity, and almost daily rains. This kind of weather can be tough lawns. Fortunately, you can breathe new life into your lawn with the right aerating and seeding plan so that it grows back healthier and more lush than ever in the spring. Take advantage of cooler temperatures and warm soil conditioning during the fall to repair your lawn.
Advantages of Fall Aeration and Seeding
Many people assume that spring is the best time to seed a lawn in preparation for the summer. While spring is full of new growth, this creates competition for space and other resources. Other plants and weeds can make it difficult for new grass to thrive. In addition, if the lawn hasn’t had enough time to establish a deep and healthy root system before temperatures become too hot, you will end up with a lawn full of weeds instead of grass.
During the fall months, the nights are much cooler while the soil remains warm, which helps to create ideal conditions for grass growth. At the same time, many plants are going into hibernation for the winter, so new grass doesn’t have as much competition for essential nutrients. Aerating and overseeding during the fall will help create a lush and healthy lawn that is more resistant to both pests and weeds.
Why is Aeration Important?
Aeration is a simple process that involves creating small holes in the soil so that water, air, and nutrients are better able to reach the grass’s roots. Over time, is it easy for your landscape’s soil to be compacted. Everything from pets and kids playing to regular mowing can lead to compacted soil that will kill the grass and create bare spots. Aeration is a vital component of lawn care that helps to loosen the soil for optimal growth conditions.
There are two types of aerators to choose from: a spike aerator and a plug aerator. Spike aerators can be as simple as spiked plates that can be strapped onto the bottom of your shoes. All you have to do is walk around your yard to aerate your lawn. Plug aerators remove more soil and are usually gas powered, self-propelled machines. If you don’t want to invest in this equipment, you can always rent an aerator from your local hardware store. While spike aerators are helpful, most lawn care specialists will recommend a plug aerator as the most effective option.
Overseeding Best Practices
When it comes to overseeding your lawn, preparation is key. Start by mowing the lawn and aerating the soil. Also, be sure to choose the right type of grass-based on how much sun your yard gets, what type of soil you have, and other conditions. Once you spread the seed, be sure to follow up with fertilizer and regular watering. Putting the time in during the late summer and early fall to repair your lawn will help you enjoy a lush and beautiful landscape once spring arrives.
If your lawn is looking a little worse for the wear, fall aeration and overseeding can help to fill in patches and create a full and thick lawn. For more information about lawn care or to get professional help with your fall lawn care projects, contact the experienced team at JT’s Landscaping.