Aeration Lawn Care Seeding Watering

Maximize Seed Growth with H2-Mooow

Double or triple your grass coverage with an easy watering routine!

After those boiling Virginia summers, our lawns are parched. We bet yours are, too! But recent rains, coupled with crisp autumn weather, mean there’s no time like now to grow some grass.

 

Harmonize with Nature

Scenario: Mr. Jones, your neighbor, knows grass can take anything. It’s tough, just like him. He struts around his lawn, chucking handfuls of seed everywhere. By the time spring rolls around, his lawn will be so green, everybody will have to wear sunglasses. Yeah, it’ll be that bright.

Chuckling to himself, Mr. Jones walks away after a few more minutes of tossing seeds. That was easy. And rain will take care of everything else.

Ah, but he forgot that his lawn is already stressed from summer. New grass will definitely have trouble getting established on such dry soil.  Months from now, Mr. Jones will wonder why his yard looks so frazzled and wimpy.

You don’t want to grow grass like your neighbor, right? No way!

We’ll show you how to avoid frustration and save money. All you have to do is work with nature. If that sounds even more difficult than throwing seed around, trust us. It’s simple. Take a look:

  • Get sprinkling. Grass seeds require daily watering. Rainfall alone isn’t enough for thirsty turf, but guess what? Sprinklers are even better. In fact, watering 2 times a day can double or triple your crop!
  • Keep track of shade and sun. Turf seed grows best when soil is damp. If your garden is mossy and dark, however, you probably don’t need too much water. On the other hand, bright yards with no shade require much more sprinkler time.
  • Thwart the blow dryer. Grass seeds easily dry out, and gusty weather makes them even more vulnerable. If your yard is like a wind farm, then you’ll need to water more frequently.

 

Water, and They Will Grow

You’re probably thinking, “I get it already!” But we really can’t emphasize the importance of daily watering. It’s the difference between you and Mr. Jones. Well, OK—regular watering prevents you from buying more seed and starting over next year.

Still, you need to have a watering routine. Without one, you’ll be just as bad as your sloppy, fictitious neighbor.

Here’s how we water seeds:

  1. Water early in the morning, before the sun evaporates all the moisture.
  2. Water 15-20 minutes at a time.
  3. Right before your lawn completely dries out, water for the second time.
  4. To ensure all seeds get watered, rotate your sprinklers for maximum coverage.

Wondering what happens if you overwater?  It’s easy to get distracted and leave a sprinkler on for much longer than you intended. Or, maybe a storm arrived the second you wrapped up the hose. Regardless of the reason, it’s easy for seeds to get washed away. Bummer, right?

Fortunately, MowCow customers are covered.  Whenever we seed lawns, we leave behind Headache Bags for this very reason.  Tip: check your doorstep after we leave—you’ll find your very own sack of extra seeds! And guess what?  If those get washed away, we’ll come back and reseed at no charge.

Extra Credit

For those overachievers out there (we know who you are), there are even more ways you can encourage seeds to grow.  So, let’s dig a little further!

To really, really improve your lawn:

  • Check your sprinkler(s). Sometimes, they lose efficiency from age or damage. Is yours slacking off? Here’s a quick test: grab empty tuna or soup cans and scatter them around the watering zone. Later, check them and see how much water is inside. Pro tip: it helps when you’ve turned off the sprinkler first.
  • Get a timer. That’s right, you don’t have to hang around the house while the sprinkler does its job. Timers are easy to buy, too. Most box stores have them for about $20-$40.
  • Harness the power of earth, wind, and fescue. We’re talking about aeration, a MowCow specialty. Our Aeravator opens passageways in the soil for fresh oxygen, nutrients, and water. Add new fescue (grass) seeds to the mix, and you’ve given your yard an excellent start!
  • Install an irrigation system. Automation saves water and reduces utility costs. Plus, every corner of your yard gets covered. If this sounds good to you, let us know and we’ll happily explain the installation process. We think you’ll be thrilled by the benefits.

 Have fun with your new lawn and seeds!  Have any remaining questions or concerns?  Feel free to call us!  It’s grass season, and we know you want to start off on the right foot. We can help with that! 

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Aeration Seeding

Top 10 Reasons to Aerate and Seed, Pronto!

Boost your lawn’s growth with an autumn aeration and seeding!

As fall approaches, grass roots spread and flourish. If you’d like to have a lush, thick lawn for spring, plan ahead! Cooler temperatures, fall rain, and less weeds are just some of the reasons to focus on your home turf. Want to know the whole story? Let’s take a look!
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Aeration: What’s the Big Deal?

Before we get too carried away, let’s quickly talk about aeration.

For a variety of reasons, soil gets compacted. Maybe your dog is really active, or you’ve had too many luau parties over the summer. Regardless, grass roots get squeezed over time. It’s much harder for them to get oxygen, nutrients, and water as a result.

Fortunately, there’s a solution: aeration! We have two great options available for you. First up—our special Aeravator. The metal tines on this baby vibrate vigorously to break up thick thatch, Northern Virginia clay, and dense soil.  Second, our dependable ZTS Core Aerator extracts soil plugs so the elements can reach deep.  Both aeration machines work wonders—it all depends what your unique lawn asks for.

Aeration literally gives lawns a breath of fresh air. And now’s the best time to seed your yard.

Here’s why:

  • MowCow's mascot "Bester" using our dependable core aeratorWake up call. Cool, crisp temperatures aren’t just invigorating for people; plants feel the difference, too! Now’s the time turf really starts growing, so aerating soil further invigorates the lawn.
  • Spreading some roots. Aeration breaks up all that compaction, so growing grass won’t get root bound.
  • Microorganisms will thank you. Soil is more active than ever during fall. Aeration delivers life-saving oxygen to crucial microorganisms, which help turf by removing toxins.
  • Autumn rain. If your lawn is compacted, water has trouble soaking into thick clay and soil. Aerate your lawn and let those sweet, invigorating rainfalls revive those roots!
  • Beat the competition. Aeration promotes soil nutrition, which results in a thicker, healthier lawn. This means weeds will have a much harder time getting established in spring.

Start seeding!

Autumn is perfect for sowing grass too. Combined with aeration, fall seeding guarantees your lawn will be a springtime showstopper.

Take a look:

  • Our mascot seeding with GrowCow’s exclusive Pennington Supreme MixtureCold above, warm below. Believe it or not, soil retains summer warmth through autumn. Grass seed loves nothing better than crisp fall days and cozy soil.
  • Morning dews and damps. Autumn’s gentle but generous moisture is great for seeds. Scatter some on bald spots, and let Mother Nature do the rest.
  • No need to be crabby. Garden villains like crabgrass aren’t a problem during autumn. Give your young grass a head start!
  • Beat Old Man Winter. Grass grows quickly. If you plant seeds now, they’ll be ready for frost, ice, snow—all that fun stuff.
  • No sunburn. Less sunlight, cool days, mild nights—autumn is kind on young grass. Your seeds can say goodbye to drought and dryness!

 

If these reasons sound good to you, give us a call! For every client, we’ll generously over-seed your lawn with GrowCow’s exclusive Pennington Supreme Mixture, our special blend of drought and heat-tolerant seeds.

Call us if you’d like to give your lawn the autumn advantage!

Aerate and seed, please!

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