Aeration is a great way to help your lawn stay healthy and look it’s best. Aerating helps nutrients, water, and air reach the roots of your lawn. Aeration also helps with removing thatch. A good way to know if you have thatch is if your yard has an unnatural sponge feeling when you step on it. Thatch creates a barrier between the grass roots and essential nutrients and water. It’s best to get rid of it as soon as you can, and a great way to do so is to aerate your lawn.
Essentially, aeration is plugging holes into your lawn. This helps by breaking up compacted soil that cuts off the growth of the lawn. These holes facilitate new root growth, and clear up old compacted debris under the grass surface. The best time to aerate your lawn is at the beginning of spring or early summer, and in the fall. If you’re going to aerate just once, it’s best in the spring since the lawn will be growing at this time, this will help new growth flourish.
All lawns should be aerated, but those that get heavy traffic are excellent candidates for aeration. Since heavy use and heavy traffic can compact the soil, it’s important to aerate your lawn to break up some of that compaction. If your lawn was put in new as a new home construct, aeration should be considered after the first year or so. Another good indication that your lawn needs to be aerated is if you see that water has a hard time penetrating the surface after watering.
Before you aerate, make sure your lawn is watered a day or two prior. Aerate your lawn when the soil is moist but not soaked. This will help the tines penetrated deeper into the lawn. Also, before you aerate, make sure to mark anything in the lawn that may be damaged by the tines. This can be underground piping or sprinkler heads. A good time to apply fertilizer and reseed your lawn is right after aeration. Since the holes that were plugged out are open, nutrients from the fertilizer will reach into the roots easier.
A great way to keep your lawn happy and healthy is by aeration. Aerating your lawn will help new growth, break down compacted soil, and allow for the roots to get the proper nutrients and water they need.