What is Lawn Aeration?
Lawn aeration – also known as core aeration – is the process of perforating the surface of your lawn with small holes to reduce soil compaction. Aerating your lawn breaks through the build-up of thatch, which is the layer of dead turfgrass between the lawn and the soil below it. Removing this excess thatch buildup exposes more of your lawn’s surface so it can easily absorb water and nutrients, resulting in a healthy lawn.
Aeration is done with specialized equipment, including machine-powered lawn aerators and manual tools. Spike aerators perforate the soil without removing any grass or soil plugs. Core aerators perforate the lawn and remove small cores of grass and soil.
Benefits of Lawn Aeration Services
The benefits of aeration include:
- Allowing nutrients, air, and water to more efficiently travel down into the soil and strengthen the root system.
- Encouraging a healthier lawn.
- Breaking up compressed soil.
- Allowing fertilizers and lawn care products to work more effectively.
- Improving resistance to insects and drought.
When to Aerate Your Lawn
During Periods of Active Growth
You should aerate your lawn when it’s actively growing, so the best time to aerate is during the summer or fall if you have cool-season grass and during the spring or summer if you have warm-season grass.
When Water Isn’t Draining Properly
If you notice that water is gathering in certain areas rather than seeping down into the ground and draining away after it rains, the soil has most likely become compacted and should be aerated.
If Your Lawn Doesn’t Look Great
If your lawn doesn’t seem as healthy and green as it should be, that could be a sign that it’s time for aeration.
If the Grass is Too Thin
If your lawn seems excessively thin, aerating it can help distribute the nutrients and water necessary to encourage a stronger, thicker lawn.
How Frequently Should You Have Your Lawn Aerated?
Aerating your lawn should be something you do as part of your maintenance. Sometimes the ground can become compacted in areas where there is clay soil or heavy foot traffic. If your lawn has a tendency to do this, you may need to aerate more often. Each lawn and soil type is different. Please consult us on how often your lawn needs to be aerated.
Preparing Your Lawn for the Aeration Process
For aeration to be effective, you will need to do a few things to prepare your lawn.
- Make sure your lawn isn’t too wet or too dry before aerating it. The soil should be damp, so if your soil is too dry, you should water it before aerating.
- Don’t use fertilizers before aerating your lawn.
- Mow your lawn before aerating it.
Caring for Your Lawn after Aeration
After your lawn is aerated, you should take the following steps to encourage it to grow stronger and healthier.
- Leave the grass and soil plugs on your lawn. They will eventually break down and dissipate into the soil.
- Fertilize and water your lawn.
- Plant grass seed in areas where the lawn is too thin or sparse. This is called overseeding.
- Continue with your regular mowing schedule and lawn maintenance, including weed control, fertilization applications, and other lawn services.
Contact Us for Professional Service
Contact us for more information about our aeration and lawn care services. Excellent customer service is our highest priority, and our trained experts can advise you on the steps necessary to create and maintain a healthy, strong, beautiful lawn that you can enjoy for years to come.