The 411 on Aeration/Over Seeding

The temperatures are getting cooler and the days are getting shorter. Your grass is out of dormancy and entering the season in which it thrives most: early fall, the time to schedule your aeration and over seeding with Inch’s Natural Fertilization & Pest Control.

What is Aeration and Over Seeding?
One of the most important, widely-researched, and proven lawn care practices, aeration is the process by which a trained technician uses equipment with hydraulic pressure to dig two to three inches into the soil to remove a plug that is three-quarters of an inch in diameter. The plugs that temporarily remain in your outdoor living space break down quickly and reincorporate themselves into the soil. Following aeration, an additional service called over seeding can be performed. When over seeding, a technician drops grass seed into the holes from which the plugs were pulled to fill voids and increase density in your grass.

Why Aerate and Over Seed Your Lawn?
Throughout the summer months, the lawn in your outdoor living space is subject to numerous stressors—disease, drought, insect damage, irrigation, rain storms, and increased traffic from humans, mowers, and more. These stressors lead to one of the worst things that can happen to your outdoor living space: soil compaction. Soil needs to maintain a delicate balance of air to water space to maximize its ecosystem. It only takes just a quarter to a half-inch of compacted soil to greatly reduce lawn quality. To reduce compaction and to restore the quality of your outdoor living space, residential lawns should be aerated and over seeded once a year. High traffic sites, such as golf courses and athletic fields, should be aerated twice a year—in the spring and in the fall. In addition to reducing compaction, aeration also: reduces thatch, the layer of (mostly) dead grass lying between green vegetation above and soil root system and soil below that has not yet decomposed; releases carbon dioxide from soil and allows oxygen to enter; improves water infiltration and uptake; reduces water runoff and puddling; increases nutrient uptake from fertilization; strengthens turf grass roots; and enhances heat and drought tolerance. Following aeration, new seed should be dropped into the holes in the soil to fill voids from summer issues and to introduce different varieties and cultivars that guard against future stressors, including diseases, via over seeding services.

Why Aerate and Over Seed Only With Inch’s Natural?
The owners and operators of Inch’s Natural Fertilization and Pest Control hold degrees in turf grass science from The Pennsylvania State University. They are expertly educated in the correct lawn care practices, which, for aeration, is to physically pull a soil plug. Some companies use machines that ride superficially across the thatch layer and do not pull a deep enough plug. Inch’s Natural’s equipment uses hydraulic pressure to ensure that the plug extends deep enough into your soil. Other companies also utilize solid tine aerators to save time and to reduce cleanup on impervious surfaces like driveways, patios, and sidewalks. This equipment actually causes additional compaction to your already-compacted
outdoor living space that leads to subsequent issues instead of eradicating them. Inch’s Natural Fertilization and Pest Control uses the industry-approved techniques and equipment to offer the most value and the healthiest outdoor living space. Call today to schedule your aeration and over seeding in early fall with Inch’s Natural Fertilization and Pest Control. 717-900-8144

–Luke Zimmerman, B.S. Turf Grass Science General Manager and Senior Agronomist Inch’s Natural Fertilization & Pest Control