As a full-service landscaping company, with a wealth of both commercial and residential clients, we are pretty well versed in every aspect of landscape maintenance. We are also aware of the needs of our clients to have a beautiful property to attract new clients and drive revenue for their business. This starts with great curb appeal, which is heavily reliant on the quality of the lawn. It is the first impression of your property, and a lush lawn shows you care about the presentation of your property. Great lawns must be maintained with a variety of services, beyond just mowing. One such service is aeration and overseeding, which prevents soil compaction that keeps nutrients from moving freely through your soil. This flow of food for your turf is necessary for healthy growth, which is why we want you to avoid these four common mistakes when aerating and overseeding.

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Poor Timing: When to Aerate and Overseed

Properly performed aerating and overseeding is all about when the service is performed. If you aerate too early, then you run the risk of a frost hitting and killing your seeds. Too late and the summer heat will hurt the turf before it has a chance to reap the benefits of aeration. You want to aerate the turf right as it hits the ideal point for growth, which is during the springtime. This is when your landscape will be coming alive after a winter of dormancy, and aeration can alleviate winter soil compaction. For cool-season grasses, spring and early fall are ideal, whereas warm-season grasses should be closer to late spring and early summer.

Letting your Lawn Dry Up

In the same vein of timing, you should not aerate your lawn when it is excessively dry, or let it get dry after aeration. Soil that is both compact and dry is even tougher to aerate compared to when the lawn is only experiencing the latter. Additionally, when you are overseeding, these seeds need vital nutrients to stimulate new growth, and water is a huge one. Moisture addition can be done through irrigation, or just by making sure that there is rainfall predicted around the time of aeration.

Not Using a Professional like OakLawn

The most costly mistake that a property owner can make is by trying to perform aeration on their own. It can become problematic when you must operate professional equipment without past experience. You might not know the exact preparation required beforehand, or maintenance afterward. When you use a company like OakLawn, you can be sure that our team has performed this service many times before, and will provide you with the same exceptional quality. Do not take the risk of DIY, and give us a call today.


Your landscaping is the first thing noticed by your visitors, friends, and customers. Let OakLawn Landscaping ensure that your first impressions are top notch and have your guests in awe before they even reach the door. Visit our website, or contact us today at (301) 854-0684 for any of your landscaping needs, commercial or residential.

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