Should I Aerate and Seed in the Fall?

Lawn aeration

A question we get asked often is, “When should I aerate and seed my yard?” If you are aiming to have the best grass on the block, the timing matters.

Wait for the “Goldilocks” time

Late spring and early fall are just right temperature to aerate and seed because it’s not too hot, and it’s not too cold. However, when planting in the springtime, your grass runs the risk of competing with weeds—and you should not apply weed control while trying to grow grass. Plus, you’ll need to avoid using your grass for the first month or two if you want it to be as healthy as possible.

So, often times it’s best to aerate and seed in the early fall so grass can settle in before the winter cold and you’re not at a risky time for weeds.

Why aerate and seed?

When you aerate your soil, you are alleviating soil compaction. It involves perforating the soil with small holes that give air, water, and nutrients access to the grass roots. This helps the roots grow deeper, creating the ideal environment for a healthier lawn.

Even if your lawn already looks healthy “enough,” it is a good idea to seed yearly in the fall. This practice ensures new grass is ready to fill in any patchy spots that might be left over from a hot summer or areas that suffered from bad winters. While it is possible to get a healthy lawn by seeding in the springtime, you’ll have to wait a few months to see the fruits of your labor. Plus, staying off the grass is an easier feat when the days are getting shorter and colder.

Do you want a healthy, green lawn?

We can help! At Green Lawn Fertilizing, we are experts at creating luscious, green lawns, and we provide year-round care—including aerating and seeding. All you’ll have to do is wait for your grass to grow. Give us a call today at 888-581-5296 for a free quote.