Slit seeding is performed by a machine on a new or existing lawn to introduce grass seed. The machine is equipped with discs that cut a slit in the surface of the soil and deposits the seed where it is more likely to germinate and grow. Slit-seeding is a precise method of introducing grass seed to an existing lawn with a minimum of disturbance.
Poul’s establishes a seeded lawn by installing grass seed and covering the seed with a blanket of straw. Seeded areas need to receive a sufficient amount of water to keep the soil evenly moist. Under-watering prevents the seeds from sprouting. Water until a slight puddle occurs. This will encourage development of the root system. Large puddles of water on the ground indicate over-watering. Once the lawn is established, frequency of watering will depend on factors such as weather, soil type, seed type, etc. If grass starts to turn brown or ground starts to crack, the lawn is being under-watered. There is no warranty on seed installations as many uncontrollable variables effect establishment.
Selected areas will be prepared and graded with fresh topsoil, where applicable, prior to sod installation. Fresh cut Kentucky Bluegrass sod (or specialty shade blend sod, depending on location) will be utilized. If the area is sloped, sod will be laid in an overlapping manner and stapled to secure sod in effort to avoid washing out. Upon completion, sodded area will be watered one (1) time and rolled with a hand roller to level the area. Any subsequent watering will be left to the client unless contracted with Poul’s Landscaping & Nursery. Watering recommendations are available and a care guide will be provided upon completion.
Core Aeration with Overseeding
Core Aeration helps reduce soil compaction and increases the amount of oxygen, water and nutrients available to the root system of the lawn. Cores left on the surface gradually deteriorate and serve as topdressing – assisting in the reduction of thatch. This procedure is beneficial to improving the overall health and appearance of the lawn while encouraging desirable root and shoot development. Applicable lawn areas are core aerated in 2 directions, creating approximately 16 core holes per square foot and cores shall be left on the lawn. Upon completion of work, hardscapes will be cleaned of soil cores or other related debris. Core aeration with over-seeding is used to sustain ideal turf density for a thick, lush lawn which also helps to stave off weed infestations. Over-seeding with a core aeration is most successful during the fall where cooler temperatures help the seed establish.