For years, golf courses have known that the secret to a beautiful, dense turf is to core aerate their golf courses two or three times each year.
What is Core Aeration? Core Aeration is the process of making thousands of small holes in the turf. These holes allow fertilizer, water and air to reach the root zone quicker, resulting in new growth and increased root development.
These holes also open up the soil and help reduce thatch build up and soil compaction, allowing your lawn to breathe and grow. Here in Central Indiana with our clay soil it is recommended that you have a core aerations a minimum of one time per year. Core Aeration may be overlooked when trying to restore a lawn but is vital to bring it back to health. Core aeration can improve drainage and reduces puddle formation.
Aeration is sometimes used to address drainage issues in areas with turf. Core aeration is done on turf areas as a means of reducing turf compaction, reducing thatch buildup, improving the infiltration of water/nutrients, encouraging deeper roots, and creating an environment where grass seed can have direct contact with the soil.
Benefits of Core Aeration and Seeding in Carmel IN
1) Improves oxygen exchange between air and soil
2) Relieves compaction in high traffic areas
3) Improves wear and heat tolerance
4) Makes lawn more disease resistant
5) Builds a stronger root system
6) Allows rainfall to penetrate deeper
7) Improves overall health and vigor of turf
The undisputed best time of year to aerate and seed a lawn is in the fall. Warm soils, cool nights and dying annual weeds make fall conditions the ideal time for aeration combined with overseeding as well as general lawn seeding.
Unlike fall, spring soils are cold and packed full of dormant weed seeds ready to grow. In the spring, the competition is fierce as annual weeds attempt and often win the race for growing space, outcompeting your newly seeded lawn. If those factors were not enough, typical summer heat can spell trouble for young grass plants with shallow and tender root systems, often succumbing to disease, heat, and or drought. Many have tried their best only to be defeated, left staring at more crabgrass than lawn come July.
Schedule Your Lawn Core Aeration Service in the Carmel IN Now!
Allow GreenLawn by Design the opportunity to provide you with a quote. If you decide to proceed, we ask you flag to mark anything in your yard, including sprinkler heads, buried cable, or anything you are concerned. We are careful to stay inside your flag markings. The core plugs dissolve quickly. We encourage core aerations in the Carmel IN area to insure a healthy, beautiful lawn.
Seeding in the Carmel IN area
Seeding is another important lawn care task, yet many homeowners do not know it. After 3-4 years, grass plants will slow down their productive rates. Re-seeding compensates for that natural slowdown of the turfs reproduction.
When should you seed? The best time to seed a lawn in Indiana is between August 15 and September 30th. Of course, every season is different, and this is a guide. Lawns seeded later in the fall may fail because the seedling turf has insufficient growth to survive the winter.
Why not Spring? The biggest reason we stay away from Spring is not to impact your pre-emergent schedule for weed control. Slit seeding breaks the barrier. Spring seedings are more susceptible to heavy infestations of summer annual weeds. Infestations of these summer annual weeds are greatly reduced in successful early fall seedings, since a good density develops before the weed seeds germinate the following Spring.
- Over-seeding – The process is that seeds are dispersed on your lawn using a broadcast spreader. This process introduces new cultivars to help
thicken your lawn. This is best done in conjunction with a core aeration allowing more seed to soil contact. Over-seeding is best done in the Spring or Fall if the homeowner can adequately water.
- Dormant seeding – Dormant seeding is similar to overseeding, but it is done in late fall/winter when soil temperatures stay below germination activity(usually December). This process uses the freezing, thawing, and snow cover to work its way into the soil. The seeds will germinate in early spring when soil temperatures rise above germination temperatures. This is recommended for the busy homeowner who does not have the time to adequately water their lawn.
Proper nutrition is essential to maintain a lush, rich looking lawn. GreenLawn by Design will develop a program that is designed to meet the specific needs of your lawn. Not every lawn is the same. Soil conditions, climate, temperature and watering are some of the factors that must be considered for the proper nutrition for your lawn. Call us now and schedule lawn care, core aeration or seeding service for your Carmel Indiana home.
Dormant seeding is broadcasting seed over the targeted area when the soil temperatures will not go above germination levels (usually December). It uses the freezing, thawing and snow cover of the ground to pull the seeds into the soil so they will be available and ready when spring temperatures rise above germination levels. Spring also gives us enough rain so watering is at a minimum.
We offer this service for those who do not have the time to water their new seedlings as much as they need when starting out or who have missed the window.
Why should you over seed your lawn?
- To insure your lawn stays thick and dense, or if it has thinned, you will make it thick again.
- Replace grasses that have died over the summer due to the natural lifespan of fescues, drought or fungus damage. Combining aeration with overseeding will give the lawn a brand-new look.