Lawn aeration is a necessary lawn care practice that helps your grass roots grow deep and strong. However, if you don’t water your grass properly after aeration, you can actually do more harm than good. In this blog post, we’ll share the best practices for watering your grass after lawn aeration as well as overseeding. By following these simple tips, you can ensure that your lawn will be ready to grow back in time for the upcoming winter months.
Watering After Aeration
It’s important to water your lawn deeply and thoroughly after aeration. This will help the new grass roots take hold and grow deep into the soil. The best way to water your lawn is with a slow, steady stream of water, the easiest way to do this is with an irrigation system that was professionally installed. You should water for at least 30-45 minutes per zone depending on the type of sprinkler heads you have. Watering early in the morning is best, so the grass has all day to dry out.
Be sure to avoid over watering because it can lead to disease and fungal problems. If you’re unsure how much water your lawn needs, check the soil before watering. The soil should be moist, but not soggy.
Important Note About Watering After Overseeding
The best practice for watering when seed is applied in addition to aeration (generally done to your lawn to increase thickness) is to do the opposite of the recommendations above. Water frequently with less volume in an effort to keep your lawn moist. It’s best to water 2-3 times per day but for a short duration as the goal is to encourage the new seed to germinate rather than watering to reach deep into the soil.
When Should You Mow?
After aeration and overseeding it will take at least two weeks for the new seed to sprout and establish itself in your yard. It’s best to skip mowing for 2-3 weeks following the service, so you will definitely want to mow your lawn at least 1-2 days prior to the lawn technicians arriving to aerate and overseed. If the weather is favorable – cut it shorter than normal to allow for quicker seed growth (it can reach the soil easier), a more effective aerating, and lowering the chance your grass will look overgrown and unsightly in 2-3 weeks of waiting before mowing again.
By taking these steps your lawn will grow robustly and look better than ever next spring. To achieve the best lawn in the greater Canton and Akron areas, contact the professionals at Greener Grass today for a quote.