Aeration in Middle Tennessee is a very important step in maintaining a healthy lawn no matter your type of grass. Aeration provides a number of proven benefits. First, it breaks up soil compaction, allowing oxygen and water to get down to the root zone so grass can grow thicker and healthier. Secondly, it provides good conditions for over seeding, which allows new grass to establish itself and help fill out thin areas. Annual aeration is a great way to maintain a healthy lawn. We use state of the art core aerators that have the capability to increase and decrease the pressure of the aerator for optimal performance in any conditions. If you choose to DIY, we will be glad to assist you in the process.
Q. While aerating, can underground utility lines be struck?
A: In most cases if properly buried, underground utility lines are buried deep enough that aeration will not strike them. However, in rare cases your cable and phone lines in particular are not always buried deep enough and can be struck.
Q: Can aeration damage my invisible dog fence, sprinkler system, or any low voltage lighting?
A: Yes it can. It is the customer’s responsibility to mark any dog fence or sprinkler head and any other shallow buried lines with marker flags which are readily available at most home improvement stores. Our aerators can go up to 6″ deep in some circumstances.
Q: I have an electric fence, do I need to do anything special for these?
A: Be sure to mark these as well. Our technicians will stay 2-3 feet away from the fence for safety reasons.
Q: Do I need to worry about the fall leaves in my yard?
A: Yes, remove all leaves from your yard prior to the aeration and seeding as they can interfere with the seeding process.
Don’t remove them from the newly seeded yard for 2-3 weeks unless they are very thick which can prevent the seeds from germinating properly.
Q: How often should I water my lawn after aeration?
A: Immediately watering your lawn after aeration can be very beneficial at helping to break down the cores created by the aeration itself. It also allows water direct access to those newly exposed roots. We recommend daily early morning watering for the first week for about 25-30 minutes per zone. After the first week, water every other day for 20-25 minutes per zone until after the second mowing.
Q: Should I fertilize after seeding and aeration?
A: The most beneficial time to add a starter fertilizer is about 3 weeks after aeration and overseeding. This schedule provides a boost to the newly germinated grass and promotes healthy root and turf development. Also remember if you choose to fertilize yourself, DO NOT to use a fertilizer with any sort of weed control or crabgrass preventer.
Q: What rules should I follow when mowing?
If possible, please mow your lawn prior to the scheduled aeration and over seeding date.
PLEASE advise your mowing service NOT TO MOW for at least 2 to 3 weeks after overseeding (depending on amount of rain and water).
Never remove more than 1/3 the height of the grass blades. We recommend setting the cutting height at 3 to 4 inches for the first 2-4 mowings.
Avoid scalping your lawn.
Mow your lawn when the grass is dry. Your new turf is very vulnerable to heavy traffic and sharp turns with your mower.
Change mowing patterns to avoid ruts in your lawn and to get an even cut.
Always mow with a sharp blade. Dull blades can tear grass blades, which can result in what is called “white tip”. The ends of the grass will dry out which effects the appearance of your lawn.