Unlike some, we love mechanical work! It's tough going at times yes, but the correct mechanical work produces outstanding lawns. It's often underestimated the difference that high quality mechanical work will make to a lawn.
What does the Overseed Package include?
This includes the five visits within our Lawn Basics, plus a specialist early-autumn renovation visit which is made up of four stages:
1) Hollow-tine aeration
2) A double scarification
3) Detailed clearance of debris
What is the need for the Overseed visit?
Like all plants, grass produces waste over time in the form of dead leaves, stems and old grass cuttings. This debris accumulates to form a layer of matter found between fresh growth and soil know as thatch. Lawns with an established thatch layer are spongey to walk on - the true picture can be seen through our free lawn survey. Thatch is harmful to a healthy lawn, acting as a blanket for air, water and fertiliser. The mechanical work within our Overseed Package targets thatch and allows us to overseed into soil, rather than attempting to grow grass into an anaerobic surface.
If the depth of thatch demands more extensive work, where the surface of the lawn needs stripping back to soil to achieve good germination along with top-dressing, we may recommend our Lawn Re-Starter Package just in the first instance.
How did all this thatch get here?
Thatch is naturally occurring in turf, more rapidly in intensively managed surfaces with high nitrogen inputs. Some of our
competitors provide lawns with a fast food diet, and these are the
ones while often need the most work with the most thatch. There
are many other maintenance practices which can limit thatch
production such as frequent mowing at a healthy height and at least annual aeration. Some grasses will produce thatch as a quicker rate than others, such as creeping grasses and weed grasses.
How often is this work required?
This is an excellent package in that it can be used both to bring a lawn up to scratch in the first year before reverting to our Standard Package, or it can be an annual job if a formal lawn is sought. Dependent on the standard of lawn you wish to maintain, we would suggest our Overseed visit every 1-4 years.
When is this work carried out?
The best time of year for more aggressive and detailed lawn works is between mid-August and early October. We only carry out important mechanical work at the correct time of year. Early autumn provides us with warm soil temperatures and moisture soon to arrive. Warm soil temperatures are vital for quick, strong recovery. Autumn rainfall shortly following the completion of these works provides us with the best possible seed germination - irrigating if rain doesn't arrive straight away is advisable.
We can carry out some lighter works during the spring. However, with the soil colder and rainfall less predictable verses autumn, it is advisable to wait, or go for our Lawn Re-Starter Package and have a wetting agent application and top-dressing applied for the best possible germination.
How much does this visit cost?
Our Overseed visits are extremely cost effective for the operations carried out and what is achieved. An example 170m2 lawn area coming to just £291 (£1.71 per m2)* for this professional grade machine work and operation, inclusive of labour, materials and VAT, excluding waste removal. This work carried out yourself would cost half of this in the hire of two inferior machines and grass seed, without considering transport and carrying out the work of a groundsman / greenkeeper.
This isn't a visit / package that needs to be signed up for from the outset - we email customers in mid-summer to plan for our autumn works should they be required.
*Figure as of December 2019.
Get in touch for your free lawn survey - we record the depth of thatch and use the information gathered to make tailored recommendations.