Welcome to another week. We hope that you had a good weekend. Today we are going to continue our series about lawn renovation. Lawn aeration and overseeding are two common types of lawn renovation options, but we see a lot of customers who make mistakes when they are aerating and seeding. So we are going to look at three common lawn aeration and overseeding mistakes that we come across.
Lawn Aeration & Overseeding Mistake 1 – Wrong Time
Overseeding and aerating need to be done when your new grass will have the best chance to develop strong roots. Summer is out because the dry environment and hot sun will cause shallow roots or a too-harsh environment. Earlier in the year could cause frost to kill your seeds. That’s why fall is ideal since the soil’s still warm so that it supports and encourages new growth.
Lawn Overseeding & Aeration Mistake 2 – Mowing too Early
When you overseed your lawn, the grass needs some time to breathe. If you are moving too fast, you are removing that environmental protection provided by the more established, taller grass. Give the seeds time to get acclimated and put down roots before mowing. Based on your region and grass type, it may be anywhere from 2-4 weeks before it’s time to mow. You can use this time for relaxing and doing other autumn projects in your yard.
Lawn Aerating & Overseeding Mistake 3 – Using Weed Killer Too Soon
Just like you don’t want to mow too quickly, it’s not a good idea to start killing weeds with a herbicide or chemical weed killer too soon either. This can burn, damage, or kill your grass. Allow the weeds to go for a bit (it’s best to go 4-5 mows once your seeds are sprouted). This will give the new grass to have firm, strong roots before you apply your weed killer.
These are three common mistakes that we see many people making when it comes to lawn aeration and overseeding. If you are interested in lawn renovation and are nervous about doing it yourself, or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. We’ll be glad to answer your questions and let you know what we can do for you. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, too.