With Iowa being such a beautiful state, it only makes sense that you would want your lawn to look beautiful as well. Fortunately, by investing in the right lawn care services, achieving such a lawn is possible! While there are many lawn care services available that will help you get the lawn of your dreams, two of the most important ones are aeration and overseeding. Aeration is the process of loosening compacted soil to make it easier for nutrients and other resources to reach the roots of your grass. Overseeding is the process of spreading grass seeds across your lawn to fill in bare or patchy areas with new grass. While these services are great on their own, they should always be combined if you want to maximize their benefits. That's because these services work together to help you achieve a strong, healthy lawn!

Aeration makes it easier for the roots of your grass to access the nutrients and resources it needs!

Healthy lawn with aeration holes after an aeration service in Des Moines, IA.

Throughout the year, your soil will likely become compacted due to various reasons such as foot traffic, the weight of lawn mowers, and even rainfall. When your soil is compacted, nutrients and other resources can have a hard time reaching the roots of your grass. That's where aeration comes in! Aeration involves removing small cores of soil from your lawn, which in turn will loosen compacted soil and create passageways that nutrients and other resources can use to reach the roots of your grass. With improved access to these resources and nutrients, your grass will be able to develop deeper roots, making it stronger and better able to stand up to any stressors that it may face.

The cores of soil left on your lawn after the aeration process can be left alone, as they will decompose and return nutrients to your soil!

Overseeding will fill in any bare or patchy areas on your lawn.

Overseeded lawn with new grass growing in the open dirt.

If your lawn is filled with bare or patchy areas, you should schedule an overseeding service. This service involves spreading grass seeds across your lawn that will not only fill in any bare or patchy areas with new grass growth, but it will also help you achieve an overall denser lawn. While a dense lawn is more aesthetically pleasing to look at than a thin one, that's not the only benefit of such a lawn. Dense lawns also can crowd out weeds and are better equipped to resist stressors such as lawn diseases and insect infestations.

Aeration & Overseeding Should Always Be Combined

Aerated and overseeded lawn that is thick and healthy near Des Moines, IA.

While both aeration and overseeding are great services in their own right, they should always be combined to get the most out of each one. When you have your lawn overseeded directly after it has been aerated, the seeds can fall into the holes that were created during the aeration process. This will give them excellent seed-to-soil contact and greatly improve their chances of successfully germinating. If you were to overseed your lawn without aerating it first, the seeds would fall on top of your lawn where they could be blown away by the wind or even eaten by animals, and not as many of the seeds will germinate.

On the other hand, if you were to aerate your lawn but not overseed it, the roots of your grass would be able to access nutrients and resources, but it won't fill in any bare or patchy areas of your lawn. If you want a dense, lush lawn that has access to everything it needs to thrive, always combine aeration and overseeding.

Give us a call today to schedule our core aeration and overseeding services.

If you're looking to achieve a beautiful and healthy lawn, we are the company to turn to! At Ultimate Lawn Services, we offer both core aeration and overseeding services that, when combined, will help you achieve a dense, lush lawn that will have access to the resources and nutrients it needs to thrive. We offer our services to commercial, residential, and HOA properties in Urbandale, West Des Moines, Waukee, IA, and throughout the surrounding areas. Give us a call at (515) 371-0896 to schedule these services today!