Aeration is the process of getting oxygen to the roots of grass and other plants. It is vital to keep your lawn healthy and looking lush. You might notice that your lawn is starting to look drab and is losing that lush green color. You might also notice that water is having difficulty penetrating the soil. If so, it is time for aeration. It is important to note that lawns should not be aerated within a year of seeding or sodding your lawn. It is also worth noting that clay soils and lawns that bear heavy foot traffic are particularly vulnerable to compacting and needing aeration. You can test your lawn by digging up a square foot section that is about six inches deep. If the grass roots don’t go beyond 2 inches deep then your lawn could benefit from aeration.
After determining the need for aeration there are a few things to keep in mind. Your climate and the type of grass you have will determine the best time for aeration. It is best to aerate cool season grass, such as fescue, bluegrass or rye in August through October. That is when the grass is leaving dormancy beginning active growth. The best time to aerate warm season grass, such as Bermuda, Zoysia or St. Augustine, is in April through June. A day or two before the aeration process you will want to water your lawn thoroughly. You will want one inch of water on your lawn. The water helps the aerator penetrate the lawn and pull out the soil cores that are blocking aeration. You will also want to mark any sprinkler heads or other irrigation equipment that could be damaged by the aerator.
When you call us we will check your lawn. We will make sure that is an optimal time for aeration and that aeration will benefit your lawn and allow it to grow thick, lush and green. We will go over the procedure for preparing your lawn and marking any sprinkler heads and other irrigation equipment. When we aerate we will use a mechanical aerator to remove soil plugs from your lawn. This will unpack the soil and create small holes to allow water, air, and nutrients to penetrate the roots of the grass. It will allow your grass to have strong roots and lush growth.
Note: After aeration is an ideal time to seed the lawn and apply fertilizer.
The Benefits of Aeration Include:
- Keeping your lawn looking beautiful.
- Improving root structure.
- Enhancing soil water uptake.
- Improving fertilizer uptake and use.
- Reducing water runoff and puddling.
- Enhancing heat and drought tolerance
- Reducing soil compaction.
- Improving resiliency and cushioning.
- Enhancing thatch breakdown.