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How to Aerate and Overseed Your Lawn Illustrated

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  • Gene Caballero
  • October 24, 2021

As fall rolls in, one of the most important lawn maintenance tasks you need to consider is aeration, and overseeding. The process of aeration and overseeding is simple and is easily explained in this infographic. Learn how to aerate and overseed in 5 easy to follow steps. Let's check it out!

When is the best time of the year to aerate?

Most lawn care pros say that fall is the best time to aerate your lawn. It’s simple, aerating, and overseeding in the fall gives your grass plenty of time to establish itself before the more strenuous hot weather rolls in. However, early spring can work well too. 

What do I do to prepare my lawn for aeration? 

The first step to preparing your lawn for aeration is to clean up your yard. Remove any toys, sticks, or other obstacles. Then you will want to cut your lawn. Ideally, you want to cut the lawn a bit lower than you typically do so that the grass seed is more likely to find its way into a hole. 

What is the best type of aerator?

For almost any situation, the best aerator is a core aerator., or a hollow tined aerator. Unlike the solid tine aerators, hollow tines actually de-compact the soil and bring nutrients from deeper down to the surface of your lawn. 

What does it mean to overseed the lawn?

Overseeding is simply the process of seeding over a lawn that already exists. The practice fills in patches, makes thin lawns thicker, and creates an all-around greener lawn. 

Why is it important to rake in the seed after overseeding the lawn?

Raking in the seed gives the seed a better chance of germinating successfully. By raking in the grass seed, you reduce the seed's exposure to direct sunlight and provide it cover to retain moisture. This allows the grass seed to germinate without getting too hot or too dry.


At the end of the day, aeration and overseeding are excellent ways to green up your lawn. By decompacting your soil, allowing nutrients to reach deeper, and planting new grass. Your lawn will be thicker, fuller, and greener in no time!

For more great lawn care and landscaping, tips check out our lawn care blog. In the meantime be sure to share this infographic with your friends and family, so you can make your neighborhood a little bit greener. 

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