While you’re still reminiscing about what a fun, relaxing summer you had, your lawn has been a bit stressed out.
Heat, drought, insects, weeds and increased foot traffic may have taken a toll on that carpet of green.
You know it needs something. But what? And is there time to give it a boost before winter sets in?
Your summer-weary lawn might benefit from aeration and overseeding or slice seeding. But which one?
Let’s take a look at slice seeding vs. aeration and overseeding and which one might be right for your Northeast lawn.
First, A Look At Slice Seeding
Slice seeding starts with a piece of equipment called a slice seeder. This machine slices into the soil with steel blades creating furrows. Then it drops the grass seed into the furrows. This method puts the seed directly and securely in contact with the soil, as opposed to just spreading seeds onto your lawn.
Slice seeders are expert seed planters. They’re adjusted to cut at the proper depth for the seed you’re using, and the slices into the soil are calibrated to give an even planting bed. As the machine lays down the seed, teeth work it into the soil.
When you broadcast grass seed over your lawn — typically called “overseeding” — not all of the seeds will stick to the soil and germinate. When you tuck the seed directly down into the soil, you give all of the seeds a better chance at germination.
Next Up: What Is Aeration?
Over time, soil and the underlying thatch of your lawn can become compacted, which can seriously affect your lawn’s ability to thrive.
As soil becomes compacted, it can’t breathe. That means the roots of your grass won’t be able to absorb nutrients or water from the soil. That makes it weak, and susceptible to weeds and disease.
Aeration perforates the soil with small holes to allow air, water and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots. This helps the roots grow deeply and produce a stronger, more vigorous lawn.
It also encourages grass to grow roots deeper into the ground. That makes them tougher, more able to last through the winter and survive abrupt climate changes like storms and droughts.
Aeration is often followed by overseeding — spreading grass seed over the lawn, which falls into the newly created holes.
Does Your Lawn Need Slice Seeding Or Aeration And Overseeding?
While both slice seeding and aeration can help rejuvenate your lawn, they each serve a different purpose.
Slice seeding is all about planting grass seed for the fastest, most thorough growth of new grass.
Aeration addresses a deeper issue, literally — creating healthier soil to allow air, water and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots.
If you have a pretty good crop of turf already growing, consider aeration part of your regular lawn maintenance to keep the soil healthy. And most lawns can use the accompanying overseeding to maintain a lush green lawn.
As your lawn continues to thrive, aerate every year or two. Aeration also improves your lawn’s ability to absorb rainfall, reducing stormwater runoff.
But if your lawn is patchy, with areas of thin or no grass, you want to get right to the grass growing. Slice seeding will get those grass seeds off to the best start to fill in your bare areas. Even though aeration creates holes that grass seed will fall into during overseeding, the slice seeder offers the best seed-to-soil contact for faster results.
When To Slice Seed Or Aerate
Fall is a great time to seed your lawn. The soil is still warm and the air is cool. There’s moisture in the air. It’s the end of the growing season, so weeds are weakening.
It’s the perfect combination for grass seeds to germinate and turf to take root quickly.
Slice Seeding Or Aeration: Leave Your Lawn Care Needs To Neave
The pros at Neave Lawn Care can examine your soil and lawn to see if it can benefit from slice seeding, aeration or both.
Neave Lawn Care’s specialists want to get to know you and your lawn so our relationship with you begins with a free lawn care analysis.
Our specialists will conduct a survey of your property and begin to assess the lawn care services you need, whether it’s slice seeding, aeration, fertilizing, weed control or more.
Neave Lawn Care is one of the highest rated lawn care services in the New York and Connecticut areas.
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If you’re in the Hudson Valley, call us at (845) 463-0592. If you’re in Westchester County, call (914) 271-7996; from Connecticut, dial (203) 212-4800. Or, fill out our simple web form, and we’ll contact you about setting up your free consultation.