Aeration and Overseeding
Aeration, also called core aeration, is the process of perforating the soil, as well as any thatch layer that might exist, by removing a core or plug of soil and depositing that core on the surface to break down.
Benefits of aeration for your lawn:
Allows water, air and fertilizer to penetrate all the way down to the root zone. This in turn allows the roots to grow deeper, creating a more healthy and thicker lawn.
Reduces the chances of having thatch buildup. Thatch makes it harder for your lawn to absorb water and nutrients. It also makes it more susceptible to disease.
Reduces soil compaction, creating more channels for water, air, and nutrients to travel through. Just like humans, your grass needs water, oxygen and food to thrive.
Creates optimal environment for seeding. New seed has the opportunity to embed it the soil, absorbing nutrients so that it can sprout lush, green grass.
Lawn over-seeding is a process of spreading grass seed over already existing turf. Generally, over-seeding is best for larger areas where the turf is thin, but not bare. Smaller areas that are thin or infested with weeds can be spot seeded.
Benefits of over-seeding your lawn include filling in areas of turf damaged by summer stress, diseases or insects, thickening and increasing its density, improving the lawn’s overall appearance, and enhancing its ability to fight insects and disease.
This year, Eastern Turf Maintenance has hand selected Oregon seed blend of the highest quality. We partner directly with TMI (Turf Merchants, Inc.) to provide this high quality seed blend to our customers. Eastern Turf Maintenance is proud to be only one of only two providers in North Carolina that can offer this blend.
Read more about the seed varietals that make up the Eastern Turf Maintenance 2020 over-seeding blend below.
TRAVERSE 2 SRP is a highly reliable choice. It is chosen by landscapers and sod producers for its advanced variety of Turf Type Tall Fescue. It is known to be a proven performer. It produces rhizomes for self repair, offers improved Brown Patch resistance, as well as traffic stress resistance (demonstrated in an NTEP trial).
4th Millennium SRP is the latest generation of the Millennium varieties from our friends at TMI. It contains rhizomes that enhance self-repair, which speeds root establishment and improves traffic tolerance, while increasing recovery from damage.
Aquaduct seed takes drought tolerance to a new level. In fact, it has even been qualified by the Turfgrass Water Conservation Alliance (TWCA). Aquaduct seed also offers superior wear tolerance and good ground cover during hot summer months, which makes it a prime choice for landscaping.
AquaVita provides more than water savings. This drought tolerant tall fescue exhibits exceptional turf quality and density. It is perfect in areas with heavy water restrictions or hot, dry seasons, like the Raleigh area of North Carolina.
NC State has performed trial testing on the performance quality of all these side varietals and we encourage you to check out the data that they have provided.
Aeration and over-seeding is one of the most important services you can offer your cool season lawn.
Aeration and over-seeding are best combined as one service. You will not see the benefits of aeration on cool season grass alone, without adding the seed. A thick, weed free lawn starts with aeration and over-seeding every fall.
Our Aeration and Over-Seeding Process
Warm Season Grass Aeration
Wondering about aeration for your warm season lawn? This service should be performed in the spring. Warm season grasses also do not require any over-seeding.
Bermuda, zoysia, centipede, and St. Augustine are warm season lawns. These lawns require core aeration to relieve compaction, and allow air and nutrients to get to the root zone. This is often considered one of the best investments to your lawn.
Aeration usually occurs in the spring time, when the turf has transitioned out of dormancy, and has greened up. Aeration is performed on golf courses and athletic fields several times a year, however, homeowners with warm season lawns should aerate in the spring.
Warm season grasses are rhizomatic plants. These plants grow horizontally under or along the ground sending out shoots and roots. Core aeration creates better conditions that allow these new roots and shoots to develop into new plants. Core aeration disturbs the soil and breaks the plant up. This action stimulates the plant and cause it to grow. Your lawn will be thicker and greener as a result. This sets the stage for the rest of the season.