Published Wednesday, August 30th, 2023

3 Things to Avoid When Overseeding and Aerating


Taking care of your lawn means doing a couple of important things every year. One is called "aerating," which means making tiny holes in the ground. This helps air, water, and plant food reach the roots better. The other is "overseeding," which means putting down new seeds and making small ditches in the dirt for them, allowing for better seed growth.

3 Things to Avoid When Overseeding and Aerating

But here's the question: How do you figure out what tools to use, when to do these jobs, and how to mow your lawn afterward? Western Landscape talks about three common mistakes that you should avoid when you're overseeding and aerating your lawn.

1.     Mowing Your Lawn Too Soon

When you plant seeds to grow new grass in your lawn, they need some time to get used to their new home and start growing strong roots. Think of it like letting a new plant settle into a pot before moving it around.

After you've spread the seeds and helped them settle into the soil, it's important to give them a chance to grow before you start cutting them. This growing time usually lasts from two to four weeks after you've put the seeds in the ground and added some extra soil on top. But remember, this timing can change depending on where you live and the kind of grass you're growing.

If you're not sure when to start using your lawnmower on your new grass, it's better to wait a bit longer. Let those new grass plants get a good start before you give them a trim!

2.     The Wrong Equipment

For the nicest lawn results, try using a special tool called a core aerator. This tool takes out small pieces of grass and dirt from your lawn. When you're picking a tool for this job, look for one that takes out pieces of soil that are around two to three inches deep and about half to three-quarters of an inch wide. These holes should be about two to three inches apart from each other.

When you hire our team at Western Landscape to get the job done, we have machines that do this, and our teams know exactly how to use them. This way, your lawn gets the best care possible.

3.     Aerating During the Wrong Season

When the weather turns cooler, it's like a green light for your lawn to grow well. This is the best time to fix any problems caused by the hot summer. By using a special tool to make holes in the ground and planting new seeds in the fall, you're not only getting your lawn ready for winter, but you're also making sure it's all set to look great in the spring.

Get Overseeding and Aeration Services in Madison, WI, from Western Landscape this Fall!

At Western Landscape, we are proud providers of several landscaping services such as overseeding and aeration, seeding and sodding, hardscaping, and much more! We’d love to help you reach your lawn goals. Get in contact with us today to schedule a consultation!