Georgia Grass: Aeration and Overseeding

Aeration and overseeding is crucial to keeping your fescue lush and healthy for the holidays and the upcoming year. Most landscaping professionals choose fall for lawn maintenance. Late July and early August heat withers your grass, encouraging the development of dead patches, dry spots, and an overall scraggly yard. But the warm days and cooling nights of autumn in Atlanta send root-growth into overdrive, making your gardening efforts doubly effective.aeration

What is Aeration and Overseeding?

Summer heat bakes and compacts the soil in your garden and lawn, stagnating effective root growth and leading to thatchy grass. Aeration pulls plugs from the ground, creating even holes across your yard. This process allows oxygen and nutrients to penetrate the soil to the deepest part of your plant, revitalizing your landscape from the ground up. Aerating lends itself to overseeding, because your newly nourished grass is primed to produce new plants. The seeds fall in and around the holes in your yard, taking root where they are guaranteed moisture, shade, and fescue food. The new seed will meld with your established lawn, filling patches that have developed from heavy foot traffic, dog spots, poor irrigation, and too much sun or shade.

Benefits of Aerating and Overseeding Your Lawn

  • Decompresses the soil
  • Oxygenates soil and plants
  • Allows nutrients to reach plant roots
  • Improves the soil’s moisture intake, conserving water and optimizing rainfall
  • Makes fertilizer more effective, with less waste from runoff
  • Encourages new growth

Fall lawn care is necessary to keeping your yard verdant, strong, and ready for the year ahead. Bloom’n Gardens wants to help you keep your Smyrna, Vinings, and Atlanta landscapes looking lush year-round.Check  next week’s blog for home how-to on aerating and overseeding.

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