Aerating & Overseeding Services For Your Lawn
The perfect combination for restoring your lawn's vibrancy
Aerating and overseeding your lawn is key to a professional lawn care program. Over a long period of time, your grass can grow thick and matted near the soil. This make it difficult for oxygen and other nutrients to reach the roots of your grass. In addition, issues such as fungus, drought stress, and foot traffic can cause problems that make your lawn look unhealthy, with brown or dead patches throughout.
Lawn aerating uses a machine to punch hundreds of small holes into your lawn. As the machine punches the holes, it removes a small amount of grass and soil that we call “plugs”. These holes assist the delivery of oxygen and nutrients directly to the root system of your lawn. This is also an excellent time to overseed your lawn which encourages new grass to grow in areas that might be patchy, dead or dying. It’s a two step combination that transforms a lawn from looking poor, to lush and healthy.
Top Reasons To Aerate And Overseed Your Lawn
- Your lawn appears patchy and brown.
- Your lawn has been scalped by mowing, leaving bare patches.
- Your lawn sees heavy foot and pet traffic.
As landscape professionals, we recommend aerating your lawn at least once per year. This frequency can help counter the natural thatch and works to improve your overall soil conditions. Ultimately, the health of your soil determines the health of your grass. In addition, a properly aerated lawn responds more vigorously to fertilization and regular watering.
Malibu Nursery & Landscaping is a landscaping contractor in Malibu, CA, also serving the surrounding areas of Calabasas, Agoura Hills, and Westlake Village. We specialize in providing lawn aeration and over-seeding as part of our regular lawn care services. This can also be a standalone service for large residential and/or commercial clients with high visibility lawns.
Does My Lawn Really Need Aeration?
The simplest answer is yes. Your lawn will always benefit from aeration at least once a year, preferably in the fall. If you care about the health and appearance of your lawn, then aeration and overseeding are a normal part of a regular lawn care regime.
We start with a visit to your property to determine the overall condition of your lawn.
- Do children or pets frequently use the lawn?
- Have grass clippings accumulated on the lawn?
- Was your lawn recently installed?
- Does your lawn dry out quickly in the summer?
These are signs your lawn could benefit from aeration. The best time to aerate your lawn is in the fall when the roots can recover quickly, and the existing grass can work to fill in the plugs of grass/soil removed during the aeration process.
What Does Lawn Aeration Do For Your Lawn?
The aeration process delivers oxygen, water, and nutrients directly to the roots which encourages the roots to grow deeper. It also works to improve the roots uptake of nutrients and their resilience to produce a more vigorous lawn. Aerating has been a lawn care secret of golf course and sports fields groundskeepers because it really makes a difference, especially when used as part of a total lawn care program. We use a special machine called a “lawn aerator” to aerate our clients lawns.
This machine was specifically designed to perforate your soil with hundreds of small holes that allow oxygen, water and nutrients to penetrate directly into your lawn's root system. The “plugs” of grass removed by the aerator usually contain an inch or two of soil and are about 1/2″ to 3/4″ in diameter. The resulting holes allow the air and nutrients down into the soil and down to the root systems where they need to be.
What Does Overseeding Do For Your Lawn?
The aeration process creates the perfect environment for planting new grass seed, which is why we also recommend overseeding at this time. Lawn overseeding is the process of sprinkling new grass seed over the patchy, brown, or scalped areas of your lawn. Overseeding helps your lawn grow thicker in these areas.
As a result, a lawn with thick, healthy, lush growth also prevents weeds from taking over.
If you’d like to know if lawn aeration and overseeding could help make your lawn more vibrant and healthy, call 805-905-1112. Or, fill out our online contact form, and we’ll get back to you right away.