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Paradise Lawns: Your Omaha Fall Aeration Choice

What you do this fall will have an impact on your lawn next summer. You have nine short months until May 2020 and a new barbecue and outdoor season. Now is the time to give your lawn what it needs to feel and look its best when summer returns. Paradise Lawns recommends three important services every fall for every lawn – Aeration, Overseeding and Topdressing with Compost. Together, these help maintain a lush, green lawn (or start working towards one). Let’s take a closer look at each one.   

Fall Aeration & Double Aeration

Aeration machine sitting on lawn

Lawn aeration is the mechanical process of removing small plugs of grass and dirt from your lawn with a core aerator. Because the Omaha metro area has compacted clay soil, it is necessary to aerate regularly. So, we recommend aerating your lawn every fall. Aerating your lawn allows air, nutrients and water to penetrate deep into the soil, strengthening your lawn’s root system.  

If you already have an excess thatch issue, we may recommend a process known as Double Aeration (Dethatching). Aerating regularly will keep your thatch level under control but will not reduce the thatch layer. By double aerating, we not only control thatch, but also reduce the amount of thatch present over time. In the past, we power raked to accomplish this but found it to be too expensive. Plus, power raking can potentially cause damage to your lawn. Double aeration provides similar dethatching results, less damage to the lawn, and is almost half the cost of traditional power raking. Because this is a repeated process, we monitor the thatch level during each visit. When thatch exceeds ½ inch, it becomes detrimental to turfgrass. Once we determine the layer of thatch is acceptable (under 1/2 inch) you can return to a normal fall aeration schedule.

Overseeding

Stamp sitting on a mound of seeds with the word certified printed below

Overseeding introduces new grass into your existing lawn. These new grass seeds are continually being improved to resist disease, insects, and improve drought tolerance. As a result, these super seeds produce lusher, greener lawns in harsher conditions.

 Paradise Lawns uses only certified grass seed in our applications. This means that the grass seed has been quality tested, and the content is correct. If the label indicates the seed is 99% pure and free of weed seeds, that is what you will get. Store bought seed will not provide you with this high of quality seed.  

 Overseeding is applied by spreading the seed uniformly across your lawn at a rate of 2 pounds of grass seed per 1,000 square feet.  This will help to thicken the lawn and fill in bare spots. The best time to overseed is fall along with aeration. With regular overseeding you will have a healthy and lush green lawn.

Topdressing with Compost

Hand holding compost dirt over a green lawn

Topdressing’s benefits are so numerous, it’s hard to understand why it is not the foundation for every Omaha lawn care program. Topdressing is the process of applying an organic compost to your lawn’s surface.  It works well with aeration and overseeding. By applying this topdressing of compost, you encourage seed germination which hold moisture in for new seedlings.  

 As a soil amendment, topdressing can improve soil biology by adding organic matter and the beneficial microorganisms of compost. Also, soil structure and drainage can be modified by topdressing. By doing so regularly, you can smooth out bumps in your yard and encourage a dense, lush lawn. Topdressing reduces lawn stress, helps keep thatch under control, and acts as a long-term natural fertilizer. Adding organic matter to a lawn by topdressing with compost is the most beneficial cultural practice lawn care has to offer. In fact, if you asked a group of lawn care professionals what the most effective process in developing a stellar lawn is, all of them would give an answer that involved some type of compost topdressing. So, adding this thin layer of organic compost in the fall to your aeration and overseeded lawn will provide optimum results.

Trifecta of Fall Maintenance

Infographic drawing explaining aeration and overseeding

There you have it! Fall Aeration, Overseeding and Topdressing with Compost are the trifecta of lawn services to consider this fall! Speaking of “three.” As mentioned earlier, in three months we will be preparing for Thanksgiving, followed by three months of winter holidays, and then three more months of winter (sorry, but we live in the Midwest). Therefore, in nine short months, Omahans will be welcoming spring back and looking forward to enjoying our yards as the warm weather returns.

 By acting this fall, you can have a lush lawn next season. Ready to schedule? Call Paradise Lawns today at 402-612-1527 or complete the contact form on our website. Let’s work together to prepare your lawn for next summer.