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October 7, 2016

Fall is the Time to Overseed and Aerate Your Fescue

The best time of year to aerate your fescue grass is in early fall, which is quickly approaching. The reason for this is because fescue is growing rapidly at this time of year.


After you complete the aeration process it is important to apply your grass seed at a rate of 4 to 6 lbs. per 1,000 s.f. for established lawns or 6 to 8 lbs. per 1,000 s.f, for newly seeded areas.

You also will want to apply a starter fertilizer within about 7 to 10 days of seeding. This will allow you to get the most out of your fertilizer as any fast release fertilizer will be available once the seed has germinated.

In Northeast Georgia, or Georgia in general, it is common knowledge that red clay will make the aeration process slightly more difficult than in other parts of the country–which is why it is important to aerate twice a year.

Over time the soil and clay will only become harder underneath your lawn. Aeration relieves compaction in the soil and allows for air to water flow to better reach the roots of the fescue plant.

You may not own an aerator, but you can rent at a local hardware store.

The pros at Pro Touch Landscapes suggest applying 12-6-12 fertilizer to your fescue in the fall.

According to Walter Reeves, the Georgia Garden expert and on air personality, there are several things to keep in mind when you begin the aerating process:

  1. Use an aerator with hollow tines that will pull up dirt and clay as you push the machine.
  2. When you begin aerating use a criss-cross pattern. Crossing the lawn one direction and crossing back the other direction.
  3. When you are finished aerating, every square foot of the lawn should have at least 12 holes.

You can repeat the aeration, fertilizer and seeding steps to your lawn in the spring to ensure a healthy lawn after a cold winter.

If aeration is a process that you need professional help with keep Pro Touch Landscapes in mind, we are a full service landscape contractor and can handle your aeration, fertilization and seeding needs along with hardscapes, ponds, maintenance, design and installation.