What is the Best Time to Aerate Your Lawn?

Posted on Dec 20, 2016 6:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

What is the Best Time to Aerate Your Lawn? | The Experienced GardenerA proactive approach to lawn care and maintenance is the best way to develop and maintain a lush yard. This means that you do things for your lawn that encourage growth and prevent future problems. A common example of this proactive lawn care is fertilizing your lawn. Most people understand that fertilizing your lawn will help it thrive and grow throughout the season. A less common-but equally important-step of proactive lawn care is aerating your lawn. Just like fertilizing your lawn, there are ideal times and conditions under which you should aerate your lawn. If you are not familiar with the process of aerating your lawn you may have questions about what it does for your lawn and why it is important. Once you are clear on the function of aerating your lawn, you need to determine the best time to aerate it so it creates maximum benefits to your lawn.

  • What does it mean to aerate your lawn and why is it important?

Basically, aerating your lawn means that you are filling it with small holes. Aerating your lawn can help alleviate soil compaction by creating spaces in the soil. This is important because soil that is extremely compacted is not the ideal environment for new grass growth. In addition, aerating your lawn allows water and nutrients to reach the roots of your existing grass. When you fertilize, water, and plant grass seeds it can be difficult for these things to reach the roots of your grass in compacted soil. Aerating the ground produces voids in the soil that allow the water, fertilizer, and seeds to seep down to the roots to strengthen them.

  • When is the best time to aerate your lawn?

Timing is important when it comes to aerating your lawn. The exact timing that you should follow depends on the type of grass you have in your yard. You want to aerate the soil during the growing season of your grass. This is because you want the grass to have time to absorb the nutrients from the fertilizer and fill in the gaps that you created by aerating. The growing season of your grass will depend on whether you have cool season grass or warm season grass.

  • Cool season grasses- this type of grass is generally found in north central and Midwestern states. The ideal seasons to aerate cool season grasses are the early spring to the fall. Examples of cool season grasses include creeping bentgrass, Kentucky bluegrass, fescue, and rye grass.
  • Warm season grasses-this type of grass is generally found in the southern states. The ideal season to aerate warm season grasses is late spring. Examples of warm season grasses include Bermuda, centipede, zoysia, and St. Augustine.

It is essential that you identify the types of grass that generally thrive in your area so you can set up a good fertilization and aeration schedule. These proactive lawn care activities will make a big difference in the health and look of your lawn. If you need help determining the type of grass you have or with completing these lawn care activities, call in your local lawn care professionals. They will be familiar with the local types of grasses and have knowledge of the best schedule for all of your lawn care needs.  

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Topics: Lawn Aeration