As summer winds down and you finish up with your summer lawn care schedule it’s time to start preparing for fall. After the long hot summer and plenty of outdoor activities later, your lawn may be showing signs of fatigue. Your first option to restore your lawn may be to fertilize and water but if your soil is compacted then your lawn isn’t getting what it needs and will continue to decline. That’s where aeration comes in.
Aeration alleviates this problem by penetrating through thatch buildup and loosening the soil so water, air, and nutrients can flow back into the roots.
What Is Core Aeration?
Core aeration involves punching holes in the soil to allow the exchange of air, water, and nutrients to the roots. This helps promote deeper root growth and stronger, healthier lawns.
When soil is too hard it prevents proper circulation. Too much thatch buildup under the grass also prevents water and nutrients from penetrating and can exacerbate the situation.
What Is Liquid Aeration?
Believe it or not, there is more than one way to aerate your lawn. While core aeration is great and fast way to alleviate soil compaction, some people are hesitant to try it because it creates hundreds of little holes in your yard. An alternative method is called liquid aeration, which like it sounds, uses a liquid to achieve the same results. Liquid aeration has an advantage over core aeration in that it penetrates deeper, allowing for more exchange of nutrients.
Should You Be Aerating Your Lawn?
Your lawn is a good candidate for aeration if it:
- Gets heavy use, such as pets and children playing or parties
- Was driven on with construction vehicles
- Dries out easily and has a spongy feeling
- Water runs off the grass
- Water pools in low lying areas
- Soil is too hard to dig in
When to Aerate Your Lawn
The best time to aerate depends on your grass type. Aeration should be performed during the growing season so the grass can heal and fill back in after soil plugs are removed.
When to Aerate in Ohio
In Ohio, most turfgrass is cool-season such as Kentucky bluegrass, ryegrass, and fescues and therefore should be aerated in the early spring or fall.
When to aerate in Florida
After aeration is performed we often recommend overseeding as a followup procedure. Overseeding is the seeding of your existing lawn with new types of grass to improve the overall health of your lawn. After a lawn is aerated it is primed for accepting new seeds that will quickly fill in the holes and bare areas of your yard.
What Are The Benefits of Overseeding?
The wide range of benefits overseeding provides includes:
- Faster recovery
- Improved appearance
- Reduced erosion from water and wind
- Reduced risk of pests, disease, and drought
Call The Pros At Land-Art
Aeration is a delicate and complicated task that should be performed by professionals who know what they are doing. At Land-Art we have years of experience dealing with lawn problems and with our aeration program, we can enhance the health and beauty of your grass.