Core Aeration & Overseeding

Core Aeration

Bright Green Landscapes is a full-service lawn care and landscaping company that provides its customers with core aeration and overseeding services at affordable rates. We currently provide aeration and overseeding services in Elgin, St.Charles, Bartlett, West Dundee, Lake in the hills, Carpentersville, Algonquin, Huntley, Hampshire & Gilberts IL. To request a Free Quote, please fill out our estimate form or give us a call at 847-344-4656.

Our core aeration and overseeding services are essential to keeping a healthy green, thick lawn. We recommend this service to be done on your property one time per year. It is one of the best things you can do for your lawn to promote healthy grass growth. All sprinkler heads and electronic fencing must be marked properly prior to us coming out to perform this service. In addition to marking underground hazards, your lawn will need to be mowed at 3” and free of all debris. We also recommend lightly watering your lawn 24 hours before service.

Core Aeration

Our core aeration services are one of the most important cultural practices available for your turf areas. Core aeration removes small cores 1” – 3” lengths of soil creating holes in your ground to provide better air flow for your turfs root system. It helps reduce thatch build up and also loosens compacted soils to promote healthier root growth. We recommend aeration in the fall time, not the spring. Aeration in spring is not recommended by us because it will allow active weed roots and seeds to be spread during the aeration process. We know this may seem crazy because you see every lawn care company perform this service in the spring, but that’s why we’re here to inform our customers we know the correct procedures for all our services. Fall aeration will be free of all active weeds. It also provides cooler temperatures for your lawn to thrive, especially if you add our overseeding process. This provides the ideal state for rapid seed germination as grass grows best between 50-70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Overseeding

Overseeding your lawn can be a great way to thicken up your thin or bare looking lawn. Overseeding is recommended to be paired with our aeration services for best results. The aeration process allows the seedlings to fall into the holes and will achieve a higher success rate for germination. Just remember, if you just try to overseed without aeration, you will need to appy loose soil for best results. Overseeding over a compacted lawn with no loose soil will result in minimal results.

De-Thatching

DON’T DO IT. This is one of the most misunderstood cultural practices around, along with spring aeration. You should never have to perform this service if you take care of your lawn properly. Regular core aeration will take care of any thatch build up you may have. If you remove all the thatch from your lawn the root system is at high risk of drying out, which will result in thinning and creating bare areas. You want to have some type of thatch build up to protect your root system and hold moisture. We also recommend to not bag your grass clippings. It’s ok to bag them every now and then if the grass is growing at an extreme pace or you’re getting ready to have an outdoor party, but the clippings have vital nutrients from your fertilizers that are beneficial for your lawn. Most people misunderstand thatch for being a build up of excess grass clippings. Thatch build up is actually an organic layer of dead stems and roots that develops between the green vegetation and soil layer. Only in extreme cases we recommend de-thatching a lawn when it has been seriously neglected for years.

If you are interested in a quote or would like to receive more information about our core aeration and overseeding services, feel free to contact us at 847-344-4656 or fill out the Free estimate form. We would love the opportunity to work with you and show you why Bright Green Landscapes is the best lawn care and landscaping company in Elgin, IL and surrounding areas.