How To Prepare For Lawn Aeration & Overseeding

Here’s what you should do before we arrive on the scheduled date. Please call if you have any questions.

Required: Flag your sprinkler heads, invisible fence . . .and other hard-to-see objects

  • Flag hidden objects in your lawn, such as sprinkler heads, in-ground lights, invisible fences, valve box covers, etc. Hertzler & George is not responsible for accidental damage to hard-to-see objects in the lawn that are left unmarked.
  • Be a Good Neighbor: pay attention to what’s just across the property line on your neighbor’s side. Invisible fence and irrigation heads are often installed right along the line. If you know something might be there, be a good neighbor and tell us about it.
  • Use only marking flags, preferably white for sprinkler system and another color for invisible fence. Marking flags are available inexpensively from any hardware store. Just turn your system on and place a marker in the ground wherever a sprinkler head pops up. Then mark other objects.
  • If you will not be able to flag the sprinkler heads yourself, please let us know. Our crew can flag the heads for you — if scheduled in advance — for an additional cost. Please call for pricing.

Recommended: Mow your lawn lower than usual at 1-1/2″ and clean up leaves

  • Try to mow one or two days before we arrive — and make it lower than usual. We recommend you set the mowing height to 1-1/2″ (one-and-one-half inches). This will get the lawn low enough without scalping it.
  • Mowing low makes both aeration and seeding more effective.
  • Clean up any leaves, trash or other debris which might interfere with the aeration.

Recommended: Watering . . . only if it’s dry

  • If the days before your aeration are dry, please water thoroughly.
  • You will get better, deeper aeration in the water-softened soil.
  •  A quick way to know if the soil is moist enough is to push a screwdriver into the soil. If the screwdriver penetrates easily, you are OK. If it is hard to push in, water about 1″ and test again.

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Bed Transformation!

Once again I am very pleased with the excellent work H&G did on my property.  They turned a section of my ugly front yard with invasive Bermuda grass into a beautiful and simple flower bed with mulch and many small bushes.  This striking transformation adds greatly to the house’s curb appeal.  I look forward to them coming back out this fall and replacing the rest of the front yard with sod and removing all the undesirable Bermuda grass.  Brian was easy and pleasant to work and plan with.  He always responded to my questions immediately.  Jon and his crew were likewise very nice, efficient, and perfectionists in planting my new yard.  Many thanks and accolades to H&G once again!

Sandy Hall

So thankful to be a customer!

when i returned to williamsburg in 2022, it was a real challenge to find a company willing to take on “yet one more customer” – i was ignored and turned down by others… but hertzler and george came to my rescue and i could not be happier – wonderful staff, professional and so friendly, i completely trust them to service my yard!  merry christmas and happy new year to everyone and H&G!


Drainage Help

I would like to let you know how happy we are with the service we received recently.
We had a drainage issue in our yard and did some research, learned your company was highly recommended and decided to see what your company could do.
From the first contact, we had a great experience as the lady that answered the phone was very nice. She put us in contact with Brian Kemp who we also liked from the start, and we made an appt for him to come and take a look. He was right on time, very thorough, and just a very nice fella who we both liked right away and had confidence in. We really liked how he gave us options and listened to what we wanted. We scheduled the work, it was done right on time, and it looks great! Brian was even nice enough to do a video walk through for us afterwards as we weren’t in town. Just great service from start to finish! Thank you Brian

We will definitely be back with more projects in the future.

T.M. - Ford's Colony

Thank You

Just a short note to thank you for all the help you gave us with our garden this year. Jonathon again did a wonderful job doing the bed detailing this summer, as did the mulching crew in the spring. I don’t know the name of the woman who supervised the mulching crew, but I want to let you know how professional she was. In fact, the entire crew was pleasant to work with, especially to experience the care that they took with their work.

Thanks also for being so flexible with the changes we requested for our mowing schedule.

E.L. - Ford's Colony

Always Helpful

Brian came out last week to try to assess a problem we are having in our yard.  He arrived on time, was extremely courteous and took a considerable amount of time analyzing our situation.  While he was unable to reach a solution, he did take the time to research and recommend another business that might be able to help us.  That kind of customer service will make us more likely to call on Hertzler & George if other issues arise.  Thanks, Brian!