Lawn Aeration & Overseeding Programs

Annual aeration and overseeding may be just the ticket to thicken your lawn, improve on your core lawn health care program, and provide you with the lawn you desire.

  • Aeration is a simple term that means “to treat with air”.  The process of aerating a lawn involves the use of equipment to perforate holes in the soil, bringing it up to be treated with not only air, but water, fertilizer and sunlight.  This is a basic explanation, but there is a lot more that goes into soil aeration.  You can read in detail here Aeration.

    ProLawn Lawn Aeration

    Aerating is just one of many techniques used to renovate and develop your lawn.  Most of the methods to lawn restoration include aeration, but the best route is to combine strategies for maximum results.  The optimal time is in late summer and early fall when lawns are really feeling the effects of summer.  Core aeration, overseeding post-aeration and applying top dressing are some common ways to rejuvenate a lawn.

  • Overseeding is simply the planting of new seed directly onto existing turf, without ripping out the existing turf or tearing out the soil. This is most effective post-aeration as the soil has been opened up to receive not only the new seed but also air, water and nutrients.

  • Top Dressing is an organic matter mix applied to the surface of the lawn. The term topdressing also is used for the process of applying the material. Topdressing materials are evenly applied in a thin layer, typically ¼ inch (6.35 mm) or less, for a variety of purposes. Topdressing can be used to smooth the surface of the lawn. It can reduce thatch buildup by encouraging decomposition. It can be used following seeding or overseeding to protect the developing plants from desiccation during the establishment process.
  • Dethatching and removing leaves and debris from your lawn all year helps maintain a healthy lawn. ProLawn will dethatch your lawn allowing nutrients and pesticides to get to the roots quickly. Different grass types should be dethatched at different times of year. We are experts in this area.  Call us today for details.

What can I expect?

Immediately after aeration, your lawn will be dotted with small plugs pulled from the soil. The newly planted grass seed will have a head start by much of it getting “planted” in the aeration holes.  Within a week or two, the plugs of thatch and soil break apart and disappear into the lawn.

ProLawn Lawn Aeration diagram

About 7 to 10 days after aeration, the aeration holes will be filled with white, actively growing roots. These roots are a sign the turf grass is responding to the additional oxygen, moisture and nutrients in the soil from the aeration process. Don’t expect miracles from a single aeration, particularly on lawns growing on extremely poor soils. Most lawns benefit from annual aeration and overseeding and they’ll be healthier, more vigorous, and easier to maintain and have fewer pest problems than neglected lawns.

ProLawn can help you decide the best course of action when developing a lawn from scratch or renovating an existing lawn.  We have the expertise in everything from the best methods for seeding your property’s unique lawn to choosing appropriate fertilizers and varieties of seeds. Our organic approach to lawn development and care minimizes environmental impact and increases germination success rates.  Whether you want a brand new lawn or need help tackling lingering lawn problems, ProLawn has a solution.  

Want the Pros at ProLawn to help? Give us a call at 540-662-8316  or email us at to determine the best course of action for your situation.