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Seeding your yard is the first step toward a lush, green lawn. Timing is critical to the success of lawn seeding. In New Jersey, the best time to seed a lawn is in the fall (end of August through October). This is when temperatures are optimal and rain has returned to the area.

There are two main methods of seeding a lawn. The most popular is combining aeration with broadcast seeding. Aeration removes thousands of tiny plugs of soil through the use of an aeration machine. The plugs then lay on top of the lawn and begin to decompose. This also leaves small holes where the plugs of soil were removed. Quality grass seed is then broadcast over the entire lawn, putting the seed in contact with the soil.

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Another method of seeding is referred to as slice seeding, or slit seeding. A slice seeder is a machine with spinning blades on the bottom that slice shallow slits in the soil. The slice seeder then drops the seed into the slits, putting the seed in direct contact with the soil for improved germination.

Seeding is a tremendous benefit to your lawn. The obvious benefit of seeding is that it fills in bare spots and thickens your lawn. However, seeding also improves the overall long term health of your lawn. Every year, new and improved grass varieties are created that are more drought, insect, and disease resistant. When Aspen Tree & Turf seeds, these improved grass types are being introduced into your lawn to set it up for long term success.

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