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Fall Aeration and Overseeding for the DIY Lawn Enthusiast

Are you looking to revitalize your lawn and enhance its overall health and appearance? DIY Fall aeration and overseeding can work wonders for your turf. In this blog post, Turf Professors, a leading lawn treatment company, shares expert tips to help you successfully carry out these essential lawn care tasks. Follow our step-by-step guide to prep your lawn, address troubled areas with soil amendments, perform proper aeration, select the right grass seed, and effectively spread the seed for optimal results. Please remember to only consider aeration and overseeding during the months of September and October.

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Fall Aeration & Overseeding

Prepping Your Lawn

  • Clear the area of debris, including sticks, leaves, and rocks.

  • Mow your lawn to a height of around 2.5 inches.

  • Rake the surface to remove any dead grass, thatch, or compacted soil.

Soil Amendments for Troubled Areas

  • Identify areas with poor soil quality, compaction, or drainage issues.

  • Loosen compacted soil with a garden fork or mechanical aerator.

  • Amend troubled areas with organic matter, such as compost or peat moss, to improve soil structure and fertility.

Aerating Your Lawn

  • Rent or purchase a core aerator suitable for your lawn's size.

  • Follow the manufacturer's instructions to ensure proper operation.

  • Walk in straight lines across the lawn, covering the entire area. Make a second pass across your lawn from a different angle to ensure complete coverage.

  • Core aeration creates holes in the soil, allowing air, water, and nutrients to reach the grass roots.

Picking the Right Grass Seed

  • Consider the climate and growing conditions in your region.

  • Choose a high-quality grass seed blend suitable for your lawn type. Please contact us for seed recommendations.

  • Look for seed varieties that offer disease resistance and drought tolerance.

Spreading the Seed

  • Use a broadcast spreader or handheld spreader for even seed distribution.

  • Start by applying seed in the perimeter of your lawn and then work your way inward.

  • Apply seed at the recommended rate specified on the seed packaging. 4-6 pounds per 1,000 square feet on healthy lawns and up to 10 pounds per 1,000 square feet on bare dirt.

  • Water your lawn immediately after seeding to initiate germination and follow our special overseeding watering guide throughout the Fall months.

With these DIY lawn aeration and overseeding tips from Turf Professors, you can transform your lackluster lawn into a thriving oasis. Prepping the lawn, addressing troubled areas with soil amendments, performing proper aeration, selecting the right grass seed, and effectively spreading the seed are crucial steps to achieve a lush and healthy turf. If you prefer professional assistance or have any questions, don't hesitate to contact Turf Professors, your trusted lawn treatment experts. Start your journey toward a healthy, more sustainable lawn today.


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