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While it might seem like lawn seeding services are fairly cut and dry, the truth is there can be some big differences between the companies offering these services and even what they offer. If you’ve searched for grass seeding companies near me in the past, you know you have a lot of options. But you want to make sure that you choose wisely.

Because we want to ensure that you get the most out of a service like this, we’ve rounded up a list of questions that you can ask before hiring a grass seeding company.

1. When are Lawn Seeding Services Best Performed?

The time of year that you have seeding performed is extremely important. Fall is the best time for seeding because of the weather conditions. The soil is still warm but the air is cool so your lawn isn’t under a lot of added stress. These are the best possible growing conditions for your new seed.

lawn care technician aerates lawn before seeding

At Kingstowne Lawn & Landscape, we perform aeration and overseeding in the fall in order to get your grass off to the best possible start. But you’ll find that some grass seeding companies in Alexandria, Arlington, and Springfield, VA just seed any time that homeowners are willing to pay for it. They don’t really care about getting their clients the best results or explaining why seeding is best performed in the fall.

2. Will Grass Planting Services Work or Do I Need a Lawn Renovation?

If your lawn is in really bad shape, then you might need more than lawn aeration and overseeding service to fix it. You might need a lawn renovation.

There are a few ways that this can be addressed depending upon what’s going on with your property.

lawn care professional slit seeding lawn

For one, power seeding, which is also sometimes called “slice seeding,” or “slit seeding,” is an intensive process that is performed on golf courses. It utilizes a piece of machinery that cuts rows into the soil to plant like the seed (much like a row of crops). The result is that this is highly effective at filling in bare spots.

Of course, power seeding can be fairly aggressive and harsh on the lawn. It’s not often needed throughout the entire lawn, but just for some really bad bare spots. So, we can usually do a combination of both aeration and overseeding and power seeding.

power seeding to repair lawn

We can also perform grading and seeding if necessary. Grading can fix a lawn that has an undesirable slope or various low spots.

3. Should I Just Kill my Lawn and Start Over?

Another option for a lawn renovation that we have done with some clients is starting from scratch. If your lawn is in really rough shape and maybe has more weeds and bare spots than a healthy lawn, it might benefit you to just start over. We can determine this on a case-by-case basis depending upon your wants and needs and what your lawn conditions are really like.

When we do take this route, we’ll apply a non-selective herbicide to eliminate all existing weeds and grasses. Once all existing vegetation has been eliminated, conditions are ideal for power seeding.

healthy turf sod installation

If you’re looking for an “instant lawn,” we can also offer sod installation. Sod is a lot more expensive than lawn seeding services, but it will give you instant gratification. You won’t have to wait for the grass to grow! Our crew will literally roll it out like carpet, giving you a lush, healthy, weed-free lawn.

4. Can I Just Perform Grass Planting Services Myself?

By now you probably see that there’s a lot more to seeding than just tossing grass seed down. Ideally, you want to couple a seeding service with machinery that will help get your soil in a better condition to receive the seed (either via lawn aeration or power seeding).

lawn care professionals perform aeration and overseeding

A landscaping professional is going to be able to perform these services to make sure that you’re getting the most out of your lawn seeding service.

But they’re also going to use a higher grade seed (which we’ll talk about next), which is also critical to getting amazing results. It’s a common misconception that all seed is created equally.

5. What is the Best Seed for a Lawn Seeding Service?

Another important question is what type of seed a grass seeding company is going to use. You might think that all seed is created equally but this is far from the truth.

First and foremost, you should know that some seed blends contain filler and this can lead to introducing weeds into your lawn. Oftentimes the grass seed that you purchase at a big box store or the hardware store is going to be far inferior to what a landscape professional is using. Sometimes, the filler is just paper, meaning that you’re paying for a big bag of grass seed but getting a lot less seed than you realize.

lawn technician pours seed into spreader to perform grass seeding services

While you might assume that you’ll automatically get the best grass seed when you work with a professional, this simply isn’t the case, either. Unfortunately, some “pros” will still use cheap grass seed for their lawn seeding services, so that they reduce their cost and hope that you didn’t notice the difference.

While there are lots of claims out there as to what grass seed is truly the best, we have found that a blend of grass types is optimal. We always recommend a blend of several different fescue varieties because if fungus or disease attacks one certain type of fescue, it won’t decimate your entire lawn overnight.

Getting the Lawn of Your Dreams with the Best Grass Seeding Company

When it comes to getting the best possible results, you want to make sure that you’re working with a grass seeding company you can trust. That means one who you feel confident is going to perform these services properly and with a high-quality seed blend that will get you optimal results.

By choosing Kingstowne Lawn & Landscape for seeding and other lawn care treatments throughout the year, you can not only ensure that you’re getting the premium, products that you desire but also that your lawn (both new seedlings and established grass plants) needs will be fully met.

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That equates to not only the lawn you’ve been dreaming of but also peace of mind that you’re in good hands.

If you want to be able to feel confident your lawn is getting everything it needs, request your quote, choose from 3 lawn care program options, and relax as you get the royal treatment.

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Krisjan Berzins - Owner, CEO

Since 1997, Krisjan has led the Kingstowne team with one simple philosophy, treat every customer like the “only” customer. His passionate pursuit of impeccable customer service has resulted in 24 successful years and a thriving company with over 85 employees, helping thousands of homeowners in the Alexandria, Arlington, and Springfield, VA area get what they want -- a worry-free property they can be proud of.