AERATION INSTRUCTIONS

To make the most of your aeration and overseeding service, and to provide your lawn with the best opportunity to grow strong, green and lush... we recommend the following Before & After steps. 

BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT

3 Steps to Aeration Success

1. MARK ALL IRRIGATION HEADS

Please mark all irrigation heads, invisible fencing, drain covers, control boxes, shallow buried cable lines, lighting wires, and/or pipes with irrigation flags. 

Flags are the only acceptable markers, please do not use anything else. 

*SecureTurf cannot be liable for damages to items that are not flagged. 

2. PLEASE WATER!

For best results, your soil should be soft the day we aerate. Water your lawn as needed before your scheduled date until the soil is soft, not soaked.

 

Press a screwdriver into the ground to test the soil. If you can get the screwdriver in, your aerator can effectively poke holes. 

*Do NOT water the lawn the day of your aeration appointment.

3. MOW YOUR LAWN

Please mow your lawn a notch or two shorter than usual (not shorter than 2.5") prior to your aeration appointment.

 

Also make sure everything is off the lawn (leaves, sticks, toys, lawn clippings, furniture, etc.). 

AFTER YOUR APPOINTMENT
 

The next several weeks after your appointment are CRITICAL to the establishment and survival of your new seedlings, and the rejuvenation of your current lawn. Please follow the guidelines below for best results.

 

WATER! WATER! WATER!

Moisture is required for seed germination. Please keep your new seeds moist. Once seed is established, water 1” per week. If your lawn dries out the new seedlings will die. Keep damp throughout the germination and new growth periods.

REFRAIN FROM MOWING

Refrain from mowing your lawn for 14-21 days if possible. The less traffic on the new seedlings, the better. Once the new grass has grown to a height of 4” you may resume mowing at the normal 3 1⁄2 - 4” height for fescue. Keep traffic off your lawn or to a minimum during establishment.

KEEP YOUR LAWN CLEAN

Keep your lawn free of debris (leaves, clippings, etc). We recommend blowing leaves rather than raking to reduce the chance of damaging the new tender grass.

NOTE: NOT ALL SEEDS WILL GERMINATE THIS FALL

Many seeds will lay in the soil and remain dormant until spring. It takes 6-8 weeks for first germination seeds to mature. Your lawn will not flush to full lateral maturity until mid-April.

 

COLD WEATHER = SLOWER GROWTH

As the temperatures cool, your lawn’s top growth will slow. Do not be concerned about the false appearance of thin grass. During the winter months your lawn will be establishing its root system.

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