Core Aeration and Over-Seed
ILS specializes in turf repair and renovation. Our aeration equipment is top of the line and we only the highest quality Blue Tagged Certified Seed. Check out our before and after photos page.
ILS performs Core Aeration, this is process of removing small plugs of thatch and soil to improve the health of your lawn and reduce maintenance requirements by providing:
Improved air exchange between the soil and atmosphere
Enhanced soil water uptake
Improved fertilizer uptake and use
Reduced water runoff and puddling
Stronger turfgrass roots
Reduced soil compaction
Enhanced heat and drought stress tolerance
Improved resiliency and cushioning
Enhanced thatch breakdown
Spring and Fall are the two primary times during the lawn season to areate and rejuvenate your lawn. Factors such as the condition of your lawn, your expectations of time, and your desired goal, will determine which custom repair program will be best for you. Aeration only, areation with over-seed, or full repair programs that require a more tailored and detailed plan.
Spring Aeration: The ground must be thawed for aeration and the soil temperatures must consistently remain above 55 degrees in order for seed to be applied.
Fall Aeration: ILS begins at the end of August and continues through November. Lawns that are aerating and overseeding are done first from the end of August through September. This timeframe will enable adequate time for seed to germinate. Otherwise, areation will occur anytime from September through November.
It is not always necessary to aerate and/or over-seed your lawn, but there are reasons and benefits of doing so. Weather conditions can really impact our lawn along with your horticulture practices (mowing, watering and foot traffic). Aeration along with over-seed helps fill in thin or weak areas of your lawn, which are primary targets for weeds to thrive in. If there is an open space a weed will find it. By creating a lush, thick and healthy lawn you reduce weed pressure.
ILS only uses certifeid premium, high quality seed products, unlike what you can purchase at local retail stores. We have a variety of options to fit every unique lawn need as well as budget.
It is important to properly care for new seed. Seed does require a little more attention by you once applied. New seed needs lightly watered daily to keep the seed moist. It is very important NOT to OVERWATER! It is also recommend to avoid or significantly reduce foot trafic.
Each type of grass has different germination times and will vary on when it becomes visible. Times can be as little as 2-3 weeks and as long as 4-6 weeks.
We offer a liquid as an alternative option. Some customers opt to over-seed bi-annually, and the off year they may also elect for a liquid rather than a core aeration. Core (mechanical) is necessary when overseeding.