14 Jul How to Prepare Your Yard for Fall Lawn Aeration and Overseed
How to Prepare Your Yard for Lawn Aeration and Overseeding This Fall
Autumn is synonymous with earthy tones, hoodies, and pumpkin-flavored sweets. It’s also well-known for lawn care and upkeep, particularly among homeowners.
All that cool weather, after a scorching summer, translates to ideal growth conditions for your lawn. The most essential things to concentrate on in the fall are repairing any damage from July and August, preparing for a hard winter, and preparing your grass for a lush spring.
At the very least once a year, your turf should be aerated and overseeded. Preparing your lawn for aeration and overseeding can help you finish the growing season strong and get your yard ready for early spring green-up.
Let’s look at the best ways to get your lawn ready for fall aeration.
3 Steps to Prepare Your Lawn for Fall Aeration and Overseeding
There are a few things you can do to prepare your lawn for aeration and overseeding in the fall. To begin, mowing your grass at a lower height is strongly recommended. Then, any objects or buildings that may be in the way of the aerator should be marked, and finally, the watering should be adjusted to ensure that the soil is neither too wet nor too dry.
Let’s go over the process of preparing your lawn for a lawn aeration service in greater depth.
Step 1: Mow Your Lawn Shorter than Usual
You should start mowing your grass a little shorter a few weeks before aeration and planting. The majority of grasses thrive when they are managed at a height of no less than 3 1/2 inches. However, in the fall, we recommend cutting your grass to a height of 3 inches or less.
There are two reasons why we advise homeowners to do so. For starters, shorter turf will make it easier for seed and fertilizer to reach the soil and make direct contact with it. Second, it is suggested that no mowing be done for at least three to four weeks following aerating. Lowering the height of your lawn can help you get better results when it’s aerated, and it’ll save you from having a forest outside your house as the grass grows in the days after.
It is preferable to lower the mower blades in phases rather than all at once to reduce the stress that the lower height may create. Cutting too much grass at once can be harmful to your lawn. Gradually lowering the mower blades allows the grass to adjust to the decreased height.
You can bag your grass clippings to avoid leaving extra clumps all over the yard if you don’t have time to mow down gradually. Instead of bagging the clippings, we recommend mulching them. As a result, you won’t leave grass clippings on your lawn, which might harm your turf.
Step 2: Turn off the Water to the Irrigation System
Watering your grass is a delicate job that is hard to master, especially when the weather changes often. Watering any cool-season grass over the summer months leading up to fall aeration and planting is critical for its health.
If at all possible, avoid allowing your lawn to dry out before fall arrives. Aeration is difficult in hard and dry soils, and seed germination is impossible. Like any good homeowner, you should maintain the lawn wet but not muddy or excessively mushy to walk on. When there’s a lot of water in the yard, machines might become caught, causing rips or ruts in the lawn.
Turn off the irrigation system at least 24 hours before the aeration provider arrives to prepare your lawn for fall lawn aeration and overseeding. This will allow your grass to adapt to the traffic that will be passing through during aeration and sowing.
Prepare your system to run three to five times a day after your seed is planted by the aeration time. Remember to moisten your fresh seed to ensure proper germination.
Step 3: Flag Sprinkler Heads and any Obstacles
Because it is the only way to avoid significant damage to your grass and subsurface structures, this is arguably the most critical step in preparing your lawn for autumn aeration and planting.
Most core aerators penetrate the soil to a depth of three to five inches (depending on the moisture and nature of the soil). Because core aerators are strong and heavy equipment, any building within five to six inches of the lawn’s surface may be damaged if not avoided throughout the operation.
Most home supply stores provide flagging markers for marking your lawn in preparation for autumn aeration.
Things linked with an irrigation system placed in the ground are one of the most typical barriers in a lawn that need to be marked. Sprinkler heads, for example. Sprinkler heads are placed along the edge of the turf and possibly in the center of the lawn (it depends on the size of the lawn, as well as, the layout of the irrigation zones). You must run each zone and set a flag next to the sprinkler heads to flag them. Sprinklers located within flowerbeds do not need to be marked. Only the objects that are within your yard’s perimeter. Take, for instance, a valve box.
Valve boxes are around the size of a plate and might be difficult to find. Check your lawn again, and any valve boxes you find should be marked on both sides.
Invisible fence lines for dogs (for dog training and keeping your pet in your yard), cables, wires, and pipelines are other constructions that should be marked. These might be buried for a long time and then revealed due to erosion. Underground dog fences, irrigation pipelines, lighting lines, and satellite cables are all examples of lines that have been uncovered.
These items should be buried at least six inches beneath the surface. Your fall lawn aeration and seeding provider cannot be held liable for any damages if they are unaware of a potential impediment on your lawn. If you’re having problems identifying these items in your yard, contact your lawn care provider, and they may offer this as an extra service.
EcoScapes can help you get your lawn ready for aeration and overseeding in the fall as well as offering many other lawn care services to keep your lawn lush, green and healthy.
Aeration and overseeding in the early fall is a crucial aspect of lawn upkeep, and there are actions that homeowners can do to ensure that the process goes well. Preparing for early fall aeration and seeding may be accomplished by correct mowing, watering, and marking.
If you have any questions about how to prepare your grass, contact our staff at EcoScapes. If you are interested in learning more about lawn aeration and what it can do for your lawn, please check out “The Benefits of Lawn Aeration“.
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