Aeration & Overseeding for Atlanta Fescue Lawns
Here in the greater Atlanta area, fescue lawns can experience stress during the hot Georgia summers and will become thin, dry, or brittle by the time September rolls around again. However, the key to survival for Atlanta fescue lawns is fall aeration and overseeding. Seeding your fescue lawn is highly recommended every fall season in order to repair and replenish tall fescue grasses.
Benefits of Seeding Your Fescue Lawn
Overseeding a fescue lawn each fall season comes along with many benefits! Due to the stress of summer heat for Atlanta Fescue lawns, you may be disappointed in the state of your lawn at this time of year. Cool-season grass types grow through seed heads, meaning seeding is essential to filling in a thin, brittle lawn.
Recovery: The main benefit of fescue seeding each fall is that it helps your lawn recover quickly after a hot summer. As we hit the hottest part of the year, fescue lawns will go into a state of dormancy before greening up during the fall and winter. Seeding will help promote recovery in stressed areas and enhance color through its peak winter season.
Thickness and Bare Areas: Another huge reason for annual fall seeding on your fescue lawn is to repair bare areas. Fescue growth is promoted through new seed heads, so each year, new seed should be added to the existing lawn. Fescue overseeding is an absolute requirement for a thick, lush Georgia fescue lawn.
Overall Health: Fall seeding is paired with core aeration, which promotes the overall health of your fescue lawn. Aeration is the process of pulling plugs of soil from the lawn, better-allowing water, air, and nutrients to penetrate the root systems. Prior to seeding, aeration is performed to give the new seed a place to germinate. Aeration and seeding encourage new growth and deeper root systems for your lawn to thrive.
Weed Control: What do weeds need to grow and thrive? Light, space, and water. Lawns that are thin, with bare areas of exposed soil are more vulnerable to weeds. The surface of your lawn acts as a barrier of protection from weeds. The thicker and healthier your lawn is, the better defense it will have against weeds.
When we aerate and seed your fescue lawn, we will provide you with communication before and after our visit. Making sure the lawn is properly prepared and watered prior to seeding is just as important as the aftercare. We will provide all the instructions and guidance needed, as your lawn care pros! Our process includes performing core aeration across your fescue lawn, following up with a seed blend including NoNet, a spreading-type tall fescue seed. For areas that are excessively bare, a thin layer of wheat straw is provided to keep the seed in place and prevent erosion.
Overseeding Aftercare Tips for Your Georgia Fescue Lawn
Whether you are calling in the experts or seeding your fescue lawn on your own, the seed is half the battle. Caring for your fescue lawn seed is the key to successful growth and results. Proper watering on a newly seeded fescue lawn is vital for successful germination on your lawn. Watering is such an important factoring in caring for new seed, that you can’t rely on mother nature to handle it all. If you are unable to water your fescue lawn, your seed is almost guaranteed to struggle. For more tips on getting the best results from your fescue seed, check out our blog.
If you’re looking to seed your Atlanta fescue lawn this fall, contact us today for a free estimate. We recommend combining fall overseeding with one of our lawn care programs to get the best results through continued fertilization and weed control on your lawn.