Preparing Your Lawn for Aeration and Seeding – What you Need to Know Charlottesville

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Preparing Your Lawn for Aeration and Seeding – What you Need to Know Charlottesville

It’s that time of year again when fescue lawns in Charlottesville need to be aerated and seeded. With the cooler temperatures that October brings, it is the perfect time! Every summer, fescue grass lawns struggle with the complex Virginia weather conditions of high humidity, shade, high temperatures, and wet and/or dry conditions. Fescue grass does not have the ability to regenerate and must be reseeded to establish a new lawn. Virginia Green Lawn Care is the local authority for Aeration and Seeding.  Here are a few tips that can help prepare your lawn for this important service for any fescue lawn.


Prior to aeration and seeding, a lawn should be mowed at a height of 1.5 to 2 inches.  Any clippings left on the lawn after this close cut, should be bagged, blown or raked off the lawn.  This is necessary to maximize seed to soil contact as the seed is spread.  This is a key factor in successful germination.  Additionally, this will allow time for the new seedlings to establish for several weeks before mowing is necessary.


We utilize core aerators when aerating lawns.  The machines have weights in the front to assist them in pulling a deep plug from the soil.  Watering the lawn prior to the service will further aid in the depth of plug that will be pulled. The ground should be moist but not soaking wet.  If the soil is too wet, the machines will bog down and perform poorly.  In areas of soil that are clay ridden and compacted, watering prior to the service is especially key.  A long-time customer Cindy Clark says “Virginia Green always calls me a day before they come out to aerate my lawn so I know then, I need to get some water down to help things go smoothly.”

Marking Obstacles

The metal tines of the aerators will damage any obstacles at or below grade up to 3 inches.  Objects to be marked include: irrigation heads, valve box covers, drainage pipes, shallow electrical lines, and/or other sub-surface objects.  Wire flags available from hardware stores are the best tool for marking and should be placed directly on top of the object.  “We tell our customers NOT to use spray paint as a marking tool. Usually spray paint is only visible after the aerator has passed over the painted object and damage will result” An Inside Agronomist at Virginia Green states.

 The machines can be easily maneuvered around obstacles provided the operator can easily see the flag and plan his route.  Lawn furniture, children’s toys and other moveable objects should be removed from the lawn to allow the operators to efficiently aerate the lawn without having to stop and move the items.

By following these simple tips, the aeration and seeding process will go smoothly. Your lawn will greatly benefit from core aeration and over-seeding.

Virginia Green Lawn Care is a locally owned professional lawn care company offering lawn fertilization, weed control, aeration & seeding as well as tree and shrub services. Our programs are designed specifically for your Charlottesville lawn and include all necessary nutrients for the year. Give us a call today at 434-975-0100 to treat your lawn and get on the schedule! Also, visit our website at to learn more about our services. 

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