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Aeration & Overseeding Service

Aeration and overseeding is a critical practice in establishing and maintaining a beautiful, thick, weed-free lawn. Core aeration loosens compacted soil, which encourages deeper, healthier roots.

Learn more about lawn aeration from Canopy…

Our aerating process takes cores, or plugs, out of the soil, allowing for movement of air, water, and nutrients into the root zone. It's an essential technique in relieving compacted soils and keeping soils healthy, aerobic, and alive. Seeding helps fill and replenish bare spots in your lawn as well as promote greater turf density. Aeration and seeding is one of the single most important things you can do to increase the overall health and beauty of your lawn, resulting in fewer weeds and more natural lawn care.

How you can receive this service

At Canopy we only offer our maintenance services as part of our annual landscape subscriptions. We do this so for two reasons; first, so we can provide the highest level of service to our customers, and second, so we can have more control over the results of the services being provided to your property.

Take EasyLawn™ and add turf care in the form of regular weed and fertilization treatments as well as annual aeration and seeding and you’ve got the complete package, TotalLawn™, for turf maintenance and care. Complete lawn care!

TotalLawn™

Take EasyLawn™ and add turf care in the form of regular weed and fertilization treatments as well as annual aeration and seeding and you’ve got the complete package, TotalLawn™, for turf maintenance and care. Complete lawn care!
With PremierLawn™ you get everything included in our TotalLawn™ package plus shrub care and integrated pest management. We prune and fertilize the shrubs on your property year round with your PremierLawn™ subscription.

PremierLawn™

With PremierLawn™ you get everything included in our TotalLawn™ package plus shrub care and integrated pest management. We prune and fertilize the shrubs on your property year round with your PremierLawn™ subscription.

We offer add-on subscriptions in the form of irrigation service and lawn pest control to our maintenance customers, so a base maintenance package is required in order to be eligible for an add on subscription. We offer these special add-on services as enhancements to our maintenance customers only.

Take EasyLawn™ and add turf care in the form of regular weed and fertilization treatments as well as annual aeration and seeding and you’ve got the complete package, TotalLawn™, for turf maintenance and care. Complete lawn care!

TotalLawn™

Take EasyLawn™ and add turf care in the form of regular weed and fertilization treatments as well as annual aeration and seeding and you’ve got the complete package, TotalLawn™, for turf maintenance and care. Complete lawn care!
With PremierLawn™ you get everything included in our TotalLawn™ package plus shrub care and integrated pest management. We prune and fertilize the shrubs on your property year round with your PremierLawn™ subscription.

PremierLawn™

With PremierLawn™ you get everything included in our TotalLawn™ package plus shrub care and integrated pest management. We prune and fertilize the shrubs on your property year round with your PremierLawn™ subscription.

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Have questions about this service?

During the process of aeration, can underground utility lines be struck?

In most cases underground utility lines are buried deep enough that aeration will not strike them. However, your cable and phone lines in particular are not always buried deep enough and can be struck. There are ways to mark your yards to prevent this from happening. We highly recommend marking any dog fence or sprinkler head with marker flags prior to the service.

How do I know if my yard needs to be aerated?

Any yard can benefit from aeration. Any areas of high traffic that look worn, yards that don’t green up after fertilizing or brown easily in high heat conditions, yards with poor drainage that have standing water after it rains, and homes built on poor subsoil with clay are all excellent reasons to aerate your yard.

How often should my lawn be aerated?

We recommend aerating once a year in the spring (March–May) for warm season lawns and in the fall (August–November) for cool season lawns.

What do I need to do to prepare my lawn for aeration and over-seeding?

Mowing your lawn at least one week before aeration and over-seeding is recommended but not imperative. Getting good seed-to-soil contact is key, and a lower grass blade during the time of seeding helps in this process. In addition, mowing prior to seeding will help keep grass lower as seed germinates until the first cut after seeding.

How long will it take for the cores in my yard to disappear?

It usually takes around two weeks for the cores to break down. It can, however, be longer or shorter depending on weather conditions. Mowing can also expedite core breakdown. You do not want to rake or pick up the cores, as this will reduce the effectiveness of the aeration.

When is the best time of day to water my grass?

The best time of day to water your lawn is in the early morning. Moisture is able to reach the roots, while the leaf surfaces are able to become dry. Watering at night or late in the evening creates a very humid environment and should be avoided. The excessive moisture, combined with high, humid, summer night temperatures, are conditions optimal for severe disease problems.

How do I care for my lawn after it has been aerated and over-seeded?

Watering is critical for new seed to germinate and grow. During the first couple of months you want the ground to remain moist from natural rainfall or irrigation. The condition of your lawn (sun, shade, flat or hilly), as well as soil conditions, plays a significant role when determining how often to water. The key is to keep the soil moist without washing seed away.

Why combine Aeration with Over-seeding?

Holes created by the aeration process allow good seed-to-soil contact. This creates a healthier environment for germination (the process of a seed becoming a plant).

Why is warm season aeration service scheduled during the late spring season?

We aerate warm season lawns during the late spring and early summer after the turf has had enough time to return from dormancy and get properly established.

Why is cool season aeration service scheduled during the fall season?

Temperatures are optimal in the autumn months for seed germination and establishment. The intense summer temperatures have passed, there is less competition from annual grassy weeds such as crabgrass, and soil temperatures are warm enough for continued growth of the grass. In preparation for winter, grasses begin to store nutrients that will not only allow them to survive the cold winter months, but enable them to develop a healthy root system to support new shoot growth once the temperatures resume in the spring.

What will Aeration Service do for my lawn?

Core aeration is a beneficial service that removes small cores of soil and allows the grass plant access to more water and oxygen for the root system. This process will also help in the repair of bare and thinning areas of your turf.

Is this service for both warm season and cool season grass?

We aerate both warm and cool season lawns, however over-seeding service is only for cool season fescue lawns, which includes over-seeding with fescue grass seed. Warm season aeration takes place in the late spring/early summer and does not include over-seeding.

What is your commitment/guarantee?

We guarantee 100% satisfaction for our customers. We will do whatever it takes to make sure you are happy with the service you receive. If you are not happy with the service you received, we will do everything in our power to make it right. If you are still unsatisfied with our work, we will refund the amount of your last visit. It’s that simple!

What is a Site Visit?

If you have a question or concern regarding your property’s condition, please call Canopy and we will schedule a free Site Visit to meet you on your property, if needed, to address your concerns.

What if it rains?

We work diligently to complete all services on your scheduled day. If we do have a rain event that leads to a rescheduling, you will be notified via email and/or text. This notification will let you know your new service day.

Who will be servicing my property?

Your Canopy Pro is a full time Canopy Lawn Care team member that has completed rigorous company training and continuing education through our own Canopy University.

Learn more about this service

Read articles written by the landscape professionals at Canopy to learn the tips and tricks of lawn care and landscape maintenance!

Watering Your Newly Aerated Lawn

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How To Care For Your Lawn After Aeration & Seeding

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