Lawn Coach Advice: Aerating vs. Verticutting

You have probably heard the terms verticut and aeration, but do you know what they actually mean? When it comes to seeding, we have a very short window of time to be successful. On top of this short window, there are 4 crucial steps that need to be taken to ensure success. These steps include:

  1. Choosing a quality seed
  2. Obtaining proper seed to soil contact.
  3. Spreading seed in an even and consistent manner.
  4. Maintaining a new seed watering schedule.

Step 2, obtaining proper seed to soil contact, is where aerating and verticutting comes into play. Without this step, your seed will germinate but will not stay where you want it to. Instead, as soon as it dries up a little it will blow away from not having a secure root structure.

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What’s the Difference?

Firstly, in Kansas City’s cool season grass lawns, aerating and verticutting are not the same thing.  Aerating is used to decrease compaction, control thatch build up, and encourages root growth in the lawn. Verticutting cuts grooves through the thatch layer which allows the seed to get to the soil for better germination and establishment.

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Lawn Coach Suggestions

Are you still unsure what is best for you lawn? Here is how Lawn Coach, Jeremy Swope, decides which machines to use:

 

 

For more information on aeration, verticutting, and seeding, contact your Lawn Coach today!