When is the Best Time to Aerate Your Lawn?

Posted on Mar 9, 2017 6:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

When is the Best Time to Aerate Your Lawn? | The Experienced Gardener 

Beautiful, healthy lawns are the product of hard work and patience on the part of the owner (or landscaper). Lush grass requires water, sun, and sometimes aeration. In order to keep your lawn lustrous, the soil it grows in must be nutrient-rich. Aeration helps to achieve this. Luckily, aeration is not something you need to think about all the time, and is something you can do by yourself.

What is aeration?

Aeration is the process of creating holes in your lawn to allow air, water, and vital nutrients to reach the roots of the grass. Small holes are perforated throughout your space using tools such as a plug aerator or a spike aerator.

Using the right equipment for aeration will increase the likelihood that the job is done right, and the results are a healthier lawn.

How do I know if it should be done?

There are a few signs to look for that are sure signs it’s time to aerate. One clear clue is compacted soil. If the soil under your lawn is hard, water and nutrients can’t get to the roots of the grass. In turn, your grass will appear brown and unhealthy, and full or weeds.

Aeration helps alleviate the problems related to compaction by removing plugs of soil from your lawn, creating more space around the grass roots. This space allows water and nutrients to get to where it needs to go, resulting in a green, beautiful lawn. If you’re unsure you have soil compaction, get a shovel or pointy garden tool and try to push in into the question area. If it’s hard or darn-near impossible to get the tool into the soil, it may be a sign that your lawn is compacted and can benefit from aeration.

Another sure sign of an unhealthy lawn that needs ventilation is a layer of thatch. Thatch is a layer of dead grass or other yard debris that settles on the lawn. Thatch is beneficial to your lawn, until it becomes a thick coating, choking out the sunshine, water, and nutrients. Aerating your yard will break down and redistribute the thatch keeping it from causing more issues for your grass.

When should I aerate?

Certain types of grass need to be aerated at different times of the year but, the best time for aeration is during the growing season. That’s because the grass will heal as it grows. Additionally, once the soil plugs are removed, grass will grow into the open holes.

Ideally, aerate with cool season grass in the early spring or fall. Those with warm season grass should aerate in the late spring.

Can I do it myself?

You certainly can. You can aerate your lawn on your own by purchasing or renting aeration tools. However, depending on the size of your lawn, you may want to hire a professional lawn care company for this job. Contact us for a quote.

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Topics: Lawn Aeration