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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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!


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We hired H&G to help us re-do our landscaping after a different local landscaping company did a sub par job with plant selections and installations. That company also was very hard to deal with. H&G stepped right up with Jennifer creating a new planting scheme comprising of native plants with some we had never seen before and which we love! She is extremely knowledgeable and pleasant to work with – a true landscaping charm! Jon did the installations and also did a fantastic job. He was very meticulous on planting and finishing the job neatly with mulch. Unlike that other company’s installer, Jon left us extremely happy with the job done. Customer service on the phone – pleasant, patient and helpful. The only, and ever so minor aspect of their work, is they don’t offer a guarantee on the plants or install. I suppose that’s becoming industry standard. However, now looking over all the plantings with a bit of time passing, I am confident that there won’t need to be any replacements. Watering is of course the key element. Thank you H&G, the country cottage landscaping we’ve wanted is now ours – FIVE STARS!

Chris Dombrowski
Ford's Colony | Homeowner

True professionals

Had these guys build a surface-grade patio in May 2023. They looked at the project, sent me a proposed scope of work and contract via email, took a deposit of 1/2 the total via bank transfer. They set a date weeks later to start the job. They showed up on time, worked professionally and cleaned up at the end of the day. Whole job took 3 days, and they even replaced all the patio furniture on the last day. The final product was precisely what I asked for, done in a high-quality, workmanlike way.

H&G are not the cheapest guys out there, but for the extra money you get a professional product, professionally executed, on time, on budget. Honestly: I don’t think it gets any better than that.


Ken Blakely

Beyond Satisfied

We had an ugly uneven weedy patio and a driveway that needed reshaping and gravel. The transformation is stunning. Your representative Brian was patient and helpful in designing repairs to our satisfaction and your work crew was exceptional. Edwardo the work site foreman was extremely knowledgeable and professional and created a beautiful patio. His crew was superior.

Tim & Cynthia Porter

Joe Hertzler goes the extra mile

Hertzler and George were contracted to perform some landscaping for a seller of mine to get the home ready to show. They had just finished an extensive re-landscaping of the next door neighbors entire yard. I was very impressed by their attention to detail and their desire to satisfy their client. Joe Hertzler goes the extra mile to achieve complete client satisfaction. They provide a complete mix of landscaping design services and maintenance of existing landscaping

Tim Parker
Liz Moore Real Estate