When it comes to growing grass in cool weather, nothing competes with prepping and seeding with Fescue. Provoke lawn envy year-round!
What is fall Fescue aeration and seeding?
Fall lawn aeration is the process of extracting tiny plugs of soil from all over your yard. The resulting air pockets in your lawn help counter the effects of soil compaction, as they:
- Improve access to air, water and fertilizers by grass roots
- Enhance your lawn’s heat and drought stress tolerance
- Break down potentially harmful thatch
Overseeding is a way to front-load your lawn with Fescue grass seed right before it goes into cold-weather dormancy. Because aeration breaks up soil, the seeds will have the best possible shot at healthy growth. It’s like a headstart on green!
Properly consistent aeration leads to stronger, healthier grass roots. You’ve invested significant expense in your lawn; make the most of that investment. An aerated lawn is a thicker, healthier, more resilient lawn.
When to aerate (cool-season grasses)
Fall Fescue aeration and seeding typically take place in the early stages of fall, as temperatures cool off and weeds die out. The goal is to get establish contact between grass seed and soil nutrients before everything slows down for the winter. When spring growth begins, you get a huge payoff in the quality and quantity of grass in your lawn.
Remember to be on the lookout for the signs of soil compaction, which is a sure sign you need aeration:
- Thin and/or patchy grass. That’s a sign roots are struggling to get nutrients.
- The soil is noticeably hard to the touch.
- Rainwater puddles instead of being absorbed. Over time, weather and frequent use both contribute to soil compaction.