Overseeding-Whens a good time aerate and seed (New England Region)

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by FDambr123, Sep 7, 2010.

  1. FDambr123

    FDambr123 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    It's September and it's beginning to cool down, when is a good time to aerate and put down some seed?

    I like to detach in the spring followed with a spring feeding but I've noticed my lawn could use some more seeding to encourage a thicker lawn. I thought of detaching in the spring aerating in the fall.
    -Do you believe that is unnecessary and too much?
    I also thought about adding a yard of loam to my front yard,after aerating just to encourage a better lawn and promote the new seed.
    -Is loam unnecessary or will it aid the new seed and the established lawn?

    Any advice or opinions would be greatly appreciated.

    CLARK LAWN LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,526

    how dry is it up there? around here it is so dry that i dont think i can even get penatration into the soil with my aerator. how much thatch do you have, you want about 1/2 inch in cool season grasses. are you going to irragate the lawn after you seed it?
  3. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,536

    i will add loam in trouble areas only. Do it right now.
  4. capcitydude

    capcitydude LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    I hope now is a good time. I live just outside of Boston and plan on reseeding my entire lawn in 4 to 5 days, weather permitting.
  5. FDambr123

    FDambr123 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    it's been pretty dry over here but slowly turning around. in response to how much thatch i have, I do not know. Many areas on the lawn are clearly filled with thatch without any growing grass. This is from the long periods of hot weather we have had.

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