Lawn Restoration (Aeration & Seeding)
Our lawn restoration service is recommended for homeowners looking to restore their lawn area through aeration and over seeding to make it look as healthy, lush and attractive as possible.
Using our detailed, effective, proven approach to lawn restoration, weâ€™ll engineer an efficient and effective transformation of your damaged lawn.
Lawns thin out each year due to wear from foot traffic, leaves lying on and within the grass during the Fall and sometimes through the Winter, and stress caused by the Summer heat.
Schedule an appointment by September 31st.
If youâ€™d like to restore your lawn this Fall, contact us no later than September 31 to schedule a convenient time for owner Jeff Cartwright to discuss our lawn restoration process.
September 31 is a deadline we strongly adhere to as a cut off for scheduling this service so that we are able to provide our clients with the best possible results. This deadline allows your aerated and over-seeded lawn to maximize its growth potential during the the months where grass growing conditions are optimal with warm days and cool nights. Once we experience consecutive frosts in the Richmond area, usually in early November, all grass germination ceases for the season.
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Weâ€™ll also instruct you to heavily water your yard for several days to saturate the dry ground in preparation for aeration.
Prior to aerating, all clients with irrigation systems will be provided with marker flags so that you can mark all obstacles in your lawn (e.g. irrigation heads, valve boxes, shallow irrigation pipes, shallow wiring and any other items) that may be damaged during the aeration process.
- When watering, the goal is to keep the ground moist without flooding your lawn.
- Make certain to avoid pooling of water as evidenced by puddles or excessive run-off with streams of water running through your yard. Puddles cause the seed to move to the puddle edges, resulting in bare spots, and streams will leave lines of bare spots running through your lawn.
- To achieve the best grass germination results, we recommend for three weeks watering early in the morning (between 5AM and 7AM) and then again in mid-afternoon (around 2PM or 3PM).
- During this stage of the process, you should not cut the grass and minimize all foot traffic across the yard. This is necessary for the new seed to germinate effectively and take root in the soil.
- The duration of each watering cycle will be determined by the size of your yard or how much water is dispersed from your sprinkler(s) or irrigation system.
- Smaller yards require a shorter watering duration while larger yards will require more time. Please pay close attention to the first few times you water to determine an appropriate amount of time for each watering cycle.
- Seedlings in any shaded areas will take a little longer to germinate and grow. Please also be aware that the more you water, the more saturated the ground will become, which may result in you having to decrease your watering times. You should also refrain from watering the day after a long soaking rainfall.
Throughout the restoration process and into the Fall it is also absolutely necessary that you use a leaf blower to gentle and often blow leaves of the surface of your lawn. When leaves cover or become embedded in the new immature grass, photosynthesis stops due to lack of sunlight getting to the new grass, which can damage or kill tender young grass in just a handful of days. If youâ€™d like Cartwright Landscaping to assume responsibility for blowing leaves from your yard during your renovation, please let us know.