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Want to Improve Curb Appeal? Fall is the Best Time to Prep Your Lawn

When it comes to treating your lawn, most of us think of seeding and aerating in the spring. But autumn preparations are just as important. Stuck on where to begin? Read on.

Start With Curb Appeal: Mow Your Lawn

Before aerating and seeding, mow your lawn to a height of 1½ to 2 inches. Once your lawn is mowed, rake the area thoroughly. This prepares the yard and enhances the property’s curb appeal.

Aerate the Area

Aerating does just what the name implies. It allows air to permeate the soil, loosening any compacted dirt and providing an opportunity for seeds to develop good roots in the soil. Aerating and seeding are particularly advantageous in the fall, since cooler temperatures allow your lawn to recover from the aeration.

(Over) Seeding

Once your lawn is properly aerated, you can begin seeding. Follow these rough guidelines for the best cost vs. value lawn results:

  • If your lawn is already thick with no bald spots, use two to four pounds per 1,000ft2.
  • If your lawn has bare spots, use four to eight pounds per 1,000ft2.
  • If your lawn requires a complete makeover, use 8 to 12 pounds per square foot.

Enjoy Your Lush Lawn and Enhanced Curb Appeal

The key to successfully seeding and aerating is knowing your type of grass. Obviously, you’ll want to use the same type of grass as your existing lawn, if possible. Lastly, continue to maintain your lawn to ensure the healthiest growth possible. Contact HB Services with your home improvement and curb appeal questions.


Harry Hink is the owner of HB Services, LLC. He has years of experience in the home improvement field and brings an unparalleled enthusiasm to his customers. HB Services is known locally for their continued support of local communities, schools and businesses.

Harry is active in many organizations to include the Medical Care of Children Partnership(MCCP) which is a community partnership dedicated to providing medical and dental services to children of the working poor of Fairfax County who otherwise are ineligible to receive healthcare offered through Medicaid or other private and public sources. Harry is also a veteran of the United States Marine Corp, a certified United States swimming coach and, most important, a husband and father.

Owner Harry Hink’s philosophy is timeless and simple – do for our customers what we would do for ourselves. Our staff will listen to your ideas, offer insight suggestions and come up with a design that fits your lifestyle and adds value to your home.


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