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Aeration is the process of mechanically removing thousands of small plugs of thatch and soil from your lawn. Click here to learn more.
- Pre-Emergent Crabgrass Preventative (Pre-Em) – Yes everyone knows you can aerate and overseed in the spring as well… except you will have to skip a spring Pre-Em application. Crabgrass is a grassy weed and in order to prevent crabgrass germination, the Pre-Em prevents the germination of all new grass seed for 120 days. This applies to desirable grasses as well. Click here to learn more about crabgrass.
- Weed Control – After grass seed is applied to a lawn, herbicides cannot be applied to the lawn until the seedlings become established. If you apply grass seed in the spring, you’ll be fighting weeds for the 1st half summer.
- Precipitation – As September approaches, so does the fall rain. Proper irrigation is crucial to grass seed germination.
- Compaction – As soils compact (especially clay), less air, water and nutrients are able to penetrate the soil into the grass roots, resulting in a weaker and thinning lawn. The holes allow nutrients and new grasses into the soil, resulting in a healthier and thicker lawn. “The Pencil Test” – If your soil is so dense that a pencil has trouble penetrating it, your lawn needs an aeration.
- Cooler Temperatures – The best temperature to germinate grass seed is between 60 – 80 F, that’s why fall is a great time to aerate. Warm sunny days with cooler nights create an ideal scenario for seed germination.
- Summer Beat Your Lawn Up – Heat and drought stress can really wreak havoc on a lawn. Lack of water and high temps can cause even the most established lawns to become damaged. A fall aeration and overseeding is a great way to reestablish your lawn before winter.
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