It is important for your lawn to be prepared for the growing season after the winter and to be ready for the dormancy of the winter season.  The best way to prepare your lawn in both instances is to aerate and overseed the lawn to start and end the growing season.  Lawns in the Chicago area should be aerated in the early spring and in the late summer months.

At Hendricksen Tree Care, we provide aeration and overseeding services for residential and commercial lawns in Palatine, IL.  Our professionals will aerate the surface of the lawn with our equipment and overseed the lawn after aeration to encourage new growth.

Lawn Aeration

The surface of a lawn may become compact during the growing season due to foot traffic, mowing, and other activities.  When the lawn becomes compacted, it may not be able to absorb water and nutrients as easily and the air exchange may be restricted.  These issues become worse when the ground freezes in the winter.

Lawn aeration is an effective way to open up compacted soil to improve the absorption of water and nutrients and increase the air exchange.  During the aeration process, a machine is used to remove plugs of soil and thatch over the surface of the lawn which creates holes in the soil.  The plugs of soil and thatch are left to decompose on the lawn which allows the nutrients to return back to the soil.

The following are the benefits of lawn aeration:

  • Breakup of compacted soil and thatch: Aeration removes plugs of soil and thatch to improve air exchange and the absorption of water and nutrients.
  • Increase nutrient availability: The holes created by the aeration process make it easier for nutrients to reach the soil and the decomposing plugs of soil and thatch also return nutrients to the soil
  • Helps lawns grow thicker: Aerations stimulate root development which helps lawns grow thicker. Overseeding the lawn after aerations also helps promote new growth.

Overseeding and Aerations in Palatine, IL


Overseeding is seeding of the lawn with no turning of the soil.  It is most beneficial to overseed lawns after aeration because the holes created by the aeration process make it much easier for the seeds to penetrate the soil.  Overseeding in the spring can help your lawn grow thick for the growing season and fall overseeding helps the lawn grow back strong the following spring.  We can also help thinning and bare spots with overseeding.

Our overseeding services include the following:

  • Blend of seeds for your specific type of grass
  • Identification of thinning and bare spots
  • Even spread of the seeds with extra attention for bare and thinning spots

The lawn will need frequent watering once the seeds begin to germinate.  Overseeding is beneficial for helping your lawn grow thick and return healthy in the next growing season.

Aeration and Overseeding from Hendricksen

Hendricksen Tree Care provides aeration and overseeding at the beginning and end of each growing season to help keep your lawn thick and healthy.  We will open up the compacted soil to better absorb air, water, and nutrients with the aeration process and overseeding will help encourage new growth.

Give Hendricksen Tree Care a call at (847) 348-8302 for our aeration and overseeding services in Palatine, IL.


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