If your lawn is struggling to grow due to compacted soil or has bare or patchy spots in it, it can drastically bring down the aesthetics of your property in Michigan. Luckily, you can help your lawn reach its full potential by scheduling core aeration and overseeding services. Core aeration is the process through which professionals break apart compacted soil with an aerator. This can allow nutrients and resources to reach the roots of your grass, so your grass will have everything it needs to grow healthy and strong. Overseeding is the process through which seeds are spread across a lawn to promote new grass growth. While each of these services provides benefits to your lawn, they work best when combined! Continue reading to learn more about these two lawn care services and why they should always be combined.

Core aeration creates holes that nutrients and other resources can use to reach the roots of your grass.

Aerated lawn with core plugs removed in Lansing, MI.

If the soil on your lawn is compacted, nutrients and other resources will have a hard time penetrating your soil and reaching the roots of your grass. This can lead to your grass becoming weak and losing its beautiful green color. That's where core aeration comes in! Core aeration is the process of loosening compacted soil. When you sign up for this service, professionals will run an aerator machine across your lawn to remove small cores of soil from it, which will loosen any compacted soil. This will leave thousands of small holes in your lawn, which nutrients and other resources can use to reach the roots of your grass.

Core aeration should be performed in the fall because that's when cool-season grass is at its strongest and will be able to endure the process.

Have your lawn overseeded to fill it with beautiful new grass!

Seeds for overseeding service in East Lansing, MI.

Overseeding is when professionals use a spreader to evenly scatter grass seeds across your lawn. This service is great for filling in any bare or patchy areas of your lawn with new grass growth.

Usually, in Michigan, lawn care companies will perform this service in the fall using cool-season grasses. Cool-season grasses are compatible with cold weather and are found in most lawns here in Michigan. By spreading the seeds in the fall, the grass can grow and thicken before winter weather settles in. This can help increase the density of your lawn and help it stand up to stressors such as cold temperatures and lawn diseases.

You should always schedule core aeration and overseeding together.

While both core aeration and overseeding are great on their own, they should always be scheduled together! That's because when you overseed your lawn directly after it's been aerated, the seeds will be able to fall into the holes, giving them excellent seed-to-soil contact and increasing the chances that they will germinate successfully. If you try to overseed your lawn without aerating it, the seeds will fall on top of the holes, and not as many seeds will germinate, especially if the soil is compacted.

If you were to aerate your lawn but not overseed it, you will still be giving the roots of your grass better access to nutrients and other resources, but it won't fill in any bare or patchy areas on your lawn. To get the most out of each of these lawn care services, you should schedule them both at the same time.

Call us today to schedule our core aeration and overseeding services!

At Outdoor Expressions Landscaping, we offer core aeration and overseeding services to help you get the most out of your lawn! We offer these services to property owners in East Lansing, Okemos, Haslett, and other surrounding cities in Michigan. Give us a call today at (517) 333-7999 to schedule!