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How To Aerate and Overseed Your Lawn

If you want a lush, green healthy lawn next spring the time to aerate and overseed is right now. With the right equipment and supplies plus a little instruction from your friends and Planting Tree you can aerate and overseed your lawn like a pro this fall. Take a look at our step by step video or our convenient instructions below.

Here's what you'll need for equipment:

  • sprinkler flags
  • garden weasel cultivator
  • rake
  • seed spreader
  • aerator

Products we recommend:

Who makes the best lawn care products? At Planting Tree, our roots are in landscape management which gives us a unique approach to growing a lush, green lawn – we've aerated and overseeded thousands of lawns! We trust Lesco as the all around best name in lawn care. 

Once you've gathered everything you're ready to go.

Step 1: Lawn Preparation

It's easy to prep your lawn for aerating and overseeding. Since you won't be mowing for at least two weeks afterward, make sure your lawn is cut nice and short. Then, mark your sprinkler heads to prevent damage to your irrigation system. Next step, de-thatching. Which means raking off the layer of organic matter that typically forms between the soil and grass. Last but not least, show those trouble spots in your lawn who's boss with a garden weasel cultivator. That's it for prep. Now you're ready to roll... literally!

Step 2: Aeration

It's time to break out the aerator. The reason we aerate is to break up the compacted soil underneath the grass which makes it easier for water, air, and nutrients to reach the grassroots. The holes you make when you aerate are like little pathways to help your lawn get all the important things it needs to grow.
Now that you've created your pathways, it's time to get things growing with seed and fertilizer.

Step 3: Seed and Fertilizer

The size of your yard will determine how much of a supply you'll need. Typically it's between 3 to 5 pounds per 1,000 square feet. As you lay down the seed and fertilizer, be sure to make even overlapping passes so don't miss any spots.
If you have any stubborn bare patches in your yard, and don't we all, you might want to do a little extra to whip them into shape. First, disturb the surface even further and put additional seed down. Spread some peat moss on top and then apply HydroCover mulch to lock in moisture and prevent your seeds from drying out. Your bare patches will become a distant memory come springtime.

Step 4: Watering

Watering your lawn for 1 to 2 weeks after you aerate is absolutely critical to get the growth you're looking for. But be careful not to overdo it because too much water can wash away your seed.

Congratulations!

You're well on your way to health roots, hearty green grass, and most likely jealous neighbors. So enjoy! Until next time from all of us at Planting Tree, happy aerating!

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