It’s a misconception that seeding is a service only needed by lawns in total disrepair. The truth is that even healthy lawns will benefit from a lawn seeding service. Seeding can help improve your lawn’s overall health as well as boost its aesthetic appeal.
While seeding seems like a simple enough task, there are definitely benefits to having it done by a professional rather than doing it on your own. Let’s explore some seeding facts that you might not know as well as why you should consider a professional lawn seeding service for your Allentown, Bethlehem, or Easton, PA home.
Lawn Seeding Tips
Lawn seeding is not as simple as just tossing some seed down on a bare spot (though we find that’s what most people think it is). Lawn seeding will be most successful when the conditions are right. Good seeding results requires loosened soil so that the seedlings can root in. That’s why it’s best to have a lawn overseeding service performed immediately following aeration in the fall.
The fall is also the best time, temperature-wise for seeding. The soil is still warm but the air is cool, providing ideal growing conditions for your new seedlings to germinate. Successful seeding also requires moisture, sunlight, nutrients, and good quality seed.
There are several ways to have a lawn seeding service performed. These include the following:
- Slice-Seeding. This method uses a slice seeder machine to cut furrows or “slits” into the grass and drop the seed where it cuts. This is mostly used for lawns in really bad shape with very large dead areas.
- Spot-Seeding. This method just means dropping the seed in certain areas that are completely bare and have been tilled up. While this is fine from time to time, this shouldn’t be the only method of seeding that you rely on.
- Aeration and Overseeding. The most effective method, aeration and overseeding are two services best performed together. Aeration removes small cores (or “plugs”) of soil throughout the yard and displaces them on the surface. This allows more water, oxygen, and nutrients to penetrate deep into the soil and create an overall healthier lawn. In turn, it also loosens the soil (as previously mentioned), which creates the best-growing conditions for the seed to germinate.
Using a Lawn Seeding Service vs. DIY Seeding
If you truly want to receive the best possible results from seeding, then it is beneficial for you to invest in professional seeding rather than tackle it on your own. For one, hiring a lawn seeding service will mean that you can have the seeding service paired with aeration, which as mentioned, will give your seedlings the best possible chance at survival and growth.
A lawn care professional will also have access to commercial-grade equipment that will ensure the aeration and overseeding service is optimally completed. The equipment that you could rent on your own won’t be able to pull as many aeration cores or get them as deep as professional equipment. For what is likely only a minimal investment more than paying a rental fee, you can have the service professionally completed and get better results.
In addition, hiring a professional also means you’ll receive high-quality, professional-grade seed. This is important as the stuff that you can buy at a big box store is often mixed with a lot of filler, weed seeds, and other undesirable grass species. Putting down low-quality seed can be like shooting yourself in the foot as you can wind up with a lot of weeds mixed in with your grass. Plus, it may not perform as well as you hope. Premium seed will germinate at a higher rate than most seed mixes you’ll find on your own. Would you rather buy a 20 lb bag that is rated at 80% germination or 90%? You will get more seeds to grow when you use higher quality seed.
Joshua Tree also chooses the ideal species for our clients’ lawns based on the conditions. Pairing up the right species with the right soil and growing conditions are important to the overall success of your lawn. Joshua Tree keeps up with the latest research about what species—and which cultivar of the species—is the ideal choice for your lawn in the Lehigh Valley.
If you truly want the best for your lawn, we suggest you consider professional help. Here at Joshua Tree, we can provide our clients with the best possible experience in order to give them the best possible results. Having an expert eye on your property can make a huge difference in the success of your lawn.
During an on-site evaluation, we can assess your lawn and determine what grass type is ideal for the growing conditions present. We’ll also develop a lawn care plan to get your lawn in the best possible shape—and keep it that way. With professional aeration and overseeding, we can help get you the healthy, green lawn you’ve always wanted.
If you’d like to find out how our lawn seeding service can help improve your lawn, contact us for a free consultation or give us a call at 610-365-2200 so that we can answer your questions.