Is It Time to Aerate Your Yard?
It’s that time of the year again. Temperatures are dipping, leaves are changing color, and birds are preparing for their long journey south. Fall is also a time to get your yard prepared for winter, so it greens up quickly in the spring before the weeds do. One of the most beneficial things you can do to your yard in the fall is to get it aerated.
What is Core Aeration?
Our customer base is in both Ohio and Florida, and residents of both states enjoy spending time in their yards in the summer months. After all, what’s the point in investing all this money in lawn care if you can’t use it. But after all these graduations, weddings, barbecues, and get-togethers, it can leave your soil compact. Compacted soil is a lawn condition that prevents water and air from getting to the roots of your grass. Core Aeration can solve this problem by pulling up small plugs of sod and loosening up the soil. After your grass can breathe and drink again, you will notice it return to its former lushness and then some.
There’s a newer form of aeration, known as liquid aeration. Liquid aeration allows for deeper penetration of water, which means root systems are stronger. This will cover the entire surface, unlike mechanical that might only target 25-30% of surface area. This service will get more oxygen, water, and nutrients into the root zone resulting in healthier turf-grass. This also eliminates the need to mark sprinkler heads, invisible pet fences, and cable lines.
Whichever form of aeration you choose, including it as part of your lawn maintenance routine, will have many benefits.
Signs of Compacted Soil
Before you choose to get your yard aerated, you must first determine if your soil is compact. Symptoms of compact soil include:
- Water running off and pooling in low areas.
- Weak or yellowing grass.
- Spongy grass caused by thatch.
- Soil too hard to dig.
When You Should Aerate Your Lawn
Thatch is organic material between the dirt and your grass. As it collects over time, it can act as a barrier to prevent water from penetrating. Most often, thatch is a buildup of grass clippings or dead leaves. Aeration is a scientific process that needs to be properly timed to coincide with your grass’s growing season. If it is done while your grass is dormant, it will give weeds a chance to take over. There are two types of grasses; cool-season and warm-season grasses. Knowing what type of grass you have and its growing season is the first step in aerating your lawn.
Cool-season grasses are adapted to the colder climates of the United States and do their growing during early spring and fall. During the summer, they go semi-dormant during long dry spells. Common cool-season grasses used in Ohio include Kentucky bluegrass, rough bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, fescues, and bentgrass. Warm-season grasses are grasses adapted to warmer climates of the United States and do their growing during hot summers. They go dormant during late fall, winter, and early spring.
Overseeding Your Lawn
Overseeding is another beneficial process that is usually performed after the conclusion of aeration. This is because your yard is full of holes and ready for sewing. Overseeding is the addition of other types of grass seeds into your existing lawn. By mixing different grass species, you can make your turf more resilient to pests, diseases, and drought.
Call The Professionals at Land Art Inc.
At Land Art Inc., we offer aeration and overseeding services as well as a lawn fertilization program to give your yard all the nutrients it needs to stay healthy and green all year long. Call 1-800-336-5296 today or leave a message on our site. Follow our blog for more helpful lawn care tips. Be sure to like us on Facebook to learn about more lawn care tips and stay updated on the latest offerings!