Why does my lawn need aeration and what is it?
We use a core aeration machine that pulls plugs of dirt up from the lawn and lays it over the top of the soil. The process reduces compaction and allows oxygen and nutrients to reach the roots. It is also the best time to spread grass seed since you have the lawn opened up and the core plugs sitting on top breaking down into fine dirt all over the seed.
When should I aerate and seed?
It is recommended to aerate and over seed annually in the fall. Fescue is a cool season grass so it will have no problem germinating and growing in the fall. You will then enter the winter with a decent lawn that continue to build deeper roots. Going into the spring the lawn should be strong, healthy, and ready to take on the stress of the hot summer ahead. Depending on your irrigation practices you will generally lose some Fescue in late August due to drought and heat, which is one of the many reasons we recommended aeration and seeding annually.
Do I need to water my lawn before and after this process?
Yes, it is highly recommended to water heavily a couple of days before the process for best results. After the seed is planted, you want to water lightly for the first day or two to allow the seeds to enter the soil without washing away. Once you have the seed in the ground you are safe to water as often as possible until you start seeing growth. Once the lawn starts to become established you will want to adopt a more regular watering schedule of about 30 minutes or so per area, 2-3 times per week, depending on weather conditions and the amount of water your sprinklers put out. Once we are on your property we will provide you a more accurate watering schedule based on your property conditions