Make the most of your aeration and overseed treatment by implementing some simple ongoing maintenance. Hint: Strategic watering and downtime are key.
If your lawn has recently been aerated and re-seeded, it is important to make sure the lawn is properly cared for after the maintenance service has been completed. The Pros typically recommend aeration and overseed at the end of the summer season, as we transition into fall. Call us to schedule your aeration and overseed services and follow the guidelines below to ensure your lawn continues to thrive.
Stay off the grass. To give your freshly seeded lawn the best opportunity for growth, try to keep foot traffic to a minimum the first month after seeding. The seeds need time to sprout and grow, and excess trampling will hinder progress.
Water your grass. Promote a healthy environment for growth by watering your grass in the morning whenever possible.
Week 1-2: Watering is vital in the first two weeks following your lawn’s aeration and overseed. As the seeds begin to germinate, they will need plenty of moisture. We recommend watering each day for at least 20 minutes. The soil should be damp to a depth of about 1/4” (which you can check with a simple finger prod). Make sure you hit all areas of the lawn with water, but don’t over-water to the point where seeds wash away before they have time to germinate.
Week 3-4: With proper watering the first two weeks, your seed will have begun to sprout. Continue watering the lawn to keep the soil damp, but not soaked. Watering 3-4 times per week should maintain moisture levels needed for continued growth. Make sure to hold off on watering for one day before cutting to let the lawn dry out. Set the mower to the highest possible level to prevent scalping the new sprouts.