Fall Aerating and Overseeding


Fall is almost here! It’s time to starting thinking about aerating and overseeding your lawn. Whether you do this yourself or choose us–it’s important that you understand why it’s important!

Why should I aerate my lawn?

Aeration involves perforating the soil with small holes that allow air, water, and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots. This helps to strengthen the roots and produce a stronger, more vigorous lawn.

Aeration also helps reduce soil compaction. If you have an established lawn and have never aerated there is a good chance your soil has become compacted. Compacted soils are not able to receive proper nutrients –putting more stress on the lawn and making it more easily susceptible to disease.

Why should I overseed my lawn?

Overseeding is the process of applying grass seed over an already established lawn. Think of this as applying an extra coat of green to your lawn each year. Grass plants tend to slow down their rates of reproduction after only a few years so it’s important to establish new grass each year to make sure your lawn stays full and healthy.

We almost always put down fertilizer at this time. Once the lawn is aerated the soil is open to receive key nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium. These nutrients give an already established lawn a healthy boost of nutrients.

What now?

If you’re the “do it yourself” (DIY) type–aerators and seed spreaders can be rented at equipment rental companies. We recommend purchasing seed at John Deere Landscapes in Knoxville.

If you’re not so much the DIY-type, and live in the Oak Ridge/Knox area, give us a call today at (865) 272-9669. You can also e-mail us at: info@divlandscape.com. We would love to help you achieve a lush and healthy lawn!


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