Are you noticing round, brown spots in your yard? This can happen even if you have a regularly scheduled lawn care program to mow and fertilize your grass. These dry spots are signs your lawn cannot breathe and isn't receiving the proper nutrients it needs to grow! Luckily, Healthy Lawn offers professional aeration and seeding in Central New Jersey as part of your lawn care program.
Lawn aeration is the process of creating small holes in your lawn—usually around an inch or two in diameter and 2-6 inches deep—to allow air, water, and sunlight to reach your turf’s root system. Your lawn will have increased oxygenation, reduce thatch, and improve the soil's ability for water to matriculate through the soil stimulating new root growth.There are different types of aeration that fit different situations, the most common being spike aerators and plug aerators. The spike aerator simply further compacts your soil and is generally less effective. Core aeration removes small plugs of soil to help nutrients penetrate deep into your turf.
Core aeration is the most common type of aeration, and the process we use at Healthy Lawn. Our lawn technicians will use an aerator to pull 2-3” plugs out of the soil. We use the crisscross method, meaning we go across your lawn twice in opposite directions. This doubles the amount of seed your lawn will absorb, which doubles the amount of healthy growth! The best part about core aeration is that you will see results immediately.
Aeration helps reduce that compaction, allowing your lawn to breathe and take in what it needs to thrive. Over time due to rain, foot traffic, and harsh weather, your lawn’s soil can become compacted, making it hard for your lawn to get the nutrients it needs without assistance. If you notice round, brown spots or dead patches in your lawn, that's a sign your lawn desperately needs to be aerated. Aeration will also give your lawn more strength against disease and weeds. It’s important to overseed your lawn following aeration in order to thicken your grass and give it a healthy appearance and eliminating those dead patches.
When you partner with Healthy Lawn for aeration in Central New Jersey, your lawn will:
A compacted soil is normal after the summer months with kids and pets playing in the yard, outdoor events, and high temperatures. It doesn't mean it has to be the norm, though! We recommend aerating in Central New Jersey in the late summer months and throughout the fall — results are better when there is less heat and drought damage to the grass. Annual aeration allows for healthy grassroots to thrive, so it's important to aerate your lawn each year.
After aeration, it's important to overseed your lawn. After all, seed is what makes your lawn grow! At Healthy Lawn, we use seed that is endophytic-enhanced with natural enzymes. This fends off disease and insects, as well as making the turfgrass more drought- and heat-resistant. Seeding in Central New Jerseys should be completed in the late summer and early fall in order to completely fill in the lawn before winter.
The average grass plant has a life cycle of two years. Because the turf is mowed before the plant reaches the height needed to bloom and produce a seed head, overseeding is required to increase turf thickness and help crowd out weeds. A thick turf is the best way to control weed populations and will help reduce the number of pesticides needed to control weeds.
Nothing is worse than taking time choosing the right lawn care company, waiting weeks for service, and then hating the results. At Healthy Lawn, we get it right the first time! Not only do we complete our first service within 5-7 business days, but our lawn aeration is backed by our 100% total satisfaction guarantee! We stand behind our work and offer free service calls in between treatments.
We proudly offer our guaranteed services throughout Central New Jersey, including: