Aeration and Seeding
Every homeowner wants a vibrant, green lawn, but having one requires a lot of expertise and know-how. Fortunately, The Nice Guys at Turf Masters Lawn Care know how to create a healthy, beautiful fescue lawn. The combination of heat, foot traffic, and generally dry conditions can negatively impact fescue grasses. However, by combining aeration and seeding with ongoing lawn fertilization and weed control, you’re setting your lawn up for great success.
Why is Aeration Important
Our famous “double pass” core aeration includes aerating the entire property twice in a criss-cross pattern. Plugs of soil are removed in the core-aeration service, and holes are created. Our fescue seeds fall into the holes, where they have less chance of washing away and improving better root establishment.
There are many benefits to aeration. Aeration allows oxygen, water, and nutrients to reach the soil better. It also encourages the grass roots to grow deeper in the soil, which helps with drought resistance. But your fescue lawn needs more.
Why is Seeding Important
Seeding (also called overseeding) is necessary for a healthy cool-season grass like fescue. Fescue is a bunch-type grass and grows in clumps. It doesn’t spread like warm-season grasses but rather spreads through vertical shoots. The shoots grow from the base of the grass plant itself called “tillers.” And fescue will not reseed itself. This makes fescue easy to contain, but limits its capacity to repair itself when lawn damage occurs.
Seeding in late summer or early fall allows time for the new seeds to settle before soil temperatures drop too low. For optimal germination, fescue seeding should take place when soil temperatures are above 50°. Timing is critical because the new seeds need to be well-established enough to survive the winter and thrive as young plants the following spring. Overseeding your lawn can also help any bare spots and choke out common summer weeds like crabgrass and Virginia buttonweed.
Aeration + Seeding = Perfect Solution
Aeration and seeding for fescue lawns in late summer to early fall is a must. Aeration alone will not work; without seeding, new grass will not grow. Without aeration, the seeds have a higher chance of washing or blowing away and will take longer to germinate. When you combine these important services, you’re setting up your lawn for success.