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Aeration, Seeding, & Sod Services In St. Cloud, Sartell, Sauk Rapids, & Waite Park, MN Areas.

With aeration, nutrients will travel deeper into the soil to the roots of your grass, while our seeding and sod services fill in any bare spots in your lawn, or provide your yard with an entirely new turf.

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Professional aeration, sod, and seeding services are available in St. Cloud, Sartell, Sauk Rapids, and Waite Park, MN areas!

Repair lawn damage, keep an existing lawn healthy, or install an entirely new lawn.

To effectively repair a lawn, or maintain a healthy lawn over time, core aeration and seeding services are necessary annually or every other year depending on your grass type. For those properties that have major damage needing to be repaired quickly, or to have an entirely new lawn, our sod installation services are for you. All of our core aeration, overseeding, and sod services are available to St. Cloud, Sartell, Sauk Rapids, Waite Park, MN, and the surrounding communities.

Close up photo of our aeration equipment servicing a lawn in Sauk Rapids.

Lawn Aeration Services

Core aeration is a necessary service that allows nutrients, moisture, and sunlight to reach deep to the roots of your grass by relieving your soil of compaction. Core aeration is completed by punching holes into the lawn with a specialized tool called an aerator. These plugs are then left on the turf where they eventually break down and release extra nutrients back into the grass. Core aeration provides numerous benefits for your lawn, including

  • Loosens packed soil and thatch
  • Allows the lawn to absorb nutrients better
  • Results in a thicker, greener, healthier grass

The optimal time for aerating properties in the greater St. Cloud, Sartell, Sauk Rapids, Waite Park, MN area is during the fall. We suggest customers consider overseeding after aerating, for optimal benefits

Grass Seeding Services to Minimize Bare Areas

Our grass seeding services are geared toward helping your turf to regenerate. Over time, bare areas can start to appear in your lawn, due to foot traffic, soil erosion, or a number of other reasons. By taking advantage of our seeding services, you will minimize bare spots and keep your grass looking full and lush.


Overseeding is the process of adding new grass seed to an existing property in order to strengthen and thicken the current grass. Overseeding benefits lawns that are starting to thin, by filling them in with pre-mixed seeds of the best turfgrass for your property. We aerate prior to overseeding, to give your grass seed the best environment to grow.

Overseeding requires soil-to-seed contact for the best results of germination.

Slit Seeding

A thin or weak turf needs slit seeding. While overseeding can help a quickly dying lawn, it can take years before you see the thick, lush, green turf you want for your home. Slit seeding, while more complex, will help your grass grow back faster. Slit seeding utilizes a machine that cuts straight slits into the lawn, through the top layer of thatch and soil, and deposits the seeds directly into the turf.

No matter which method you choose for the lawn of your home, seeding every couple of years will help it retain its healthy attributes. If your turf is starting to look bare, call us at (320) 293-1625 for a consultation on seeding services.

Sod Installation Services Establish a Brand New Turf Quickly

Sod is a quick and easy way to establish a new turf or completely revitalize a pre-existing turf. Homeowners looking to establish a brand new lawn or bring back a lawn with large, dead patches will want sod installation. Choosing sod comes with great benefits, including

  • Quick root growth
  • A new lawn instantly
  • Deters weeds from growing
  • Protects against soil erosion

Sod is created in large rolls that can be placed and cut as needed on your property. Hiring a professional lawn care company to install sod will ensure your new lawn is properly placed and cared for from the start.

Our team laying new sod at a property in St. Cloud, MN.

Comparing the Pros and Cons of Seed vs. Sod

With regards to comparing seed or sod, it comes down to the preference of the homeowner. Some of the pros and cons that come with choosing between the two are budget, time, quality, and preparation.


Purchasing sod for an entire property or even large patches is going to cost much more than even the best seed on the market.


It takes a lot longer to grow an entire lawn from seed than it does to lay sod. If your home is in need of a lawn immediately and you do not want to wait for the grass to grow, then choosing sod is your best bet!


Seed usually yields a better quality lawn than sod will because the options for seed are plentiful versus what may be available for sod. When you are able to choose the seed that goes onto your property, you can factor in your specific yard as well as weather conditions.


Both sod and seed take the same amount of preparation to yield the best growth. Preparation starts with your soil. Consult with us to make sure the consistency of your soil is ready to nurture new grass to its fullest potential.

Schedule Your Aeration, Seeding, & Sod Consultation Now!

At Sunset Mowing, we can help you make the seed or sod decision that is right for your property. Every situation is different when it comes to turf needs. Scheduling a consultation with one of our lawn care experts can help you determine exactly what your grass needs to be the envy of your neighborhood.

If your home is located in or around the communities of St. Cloud, Sartell, or Sauk Rapids, Waite Park, MN, give us a call at (320) 293-1625 and schedule a free consultation and estimate today!

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