Aerating & Overseeding: Necessary Components For a Healthy Lawn

   Because Middle Tennessee is firmly entrenched within the transition zone, turf grasses face many challenges.  No one type of grass will perform well year round because of the weather conditions present within the transition zone.               
    Cool-season grasses, such as fescue, suffer heavily through summer’s heat and humidity. Aerating and seeding are almost always necessary to rejuvenate stressed turf. Aerating is far more than just achieving seed to soil contact. Aerating helps supply oxygen to the root zone for plant respiration. Oxygen is also required for absorption of essential elements into the roots as well. Thus, the air component of soils is an important factor in turf grass growth. Seeding replenishes thinned turf and helps promote a consistent stand of grass for the following season. Early fall offers the temperate environment needed for sewing seed.
    Warm season grasses face their share of problems as well. As cooler temperatures prevail, bermuda lawns begin to brown as they fall into winter dormancy. Consider dethatching and over-seeding with a cool season grass, such as perennial-rye. Doing this allows you to have a green lawn year round. As temperatures warm in the spring and the bermuda bounces out of dormancy it will soon supplant the rye as the predominate grass.
    Call Puryear Farms soon to set an appointment to give your lawn the turf care treatment it craves.