Aerating Your Lawn
I would say the average home owner doesn’t aerate his lawn as much as needed. Life gets busy, and it seems that the grass is doing alright, so we decide to wait until next year. And before you know it, it has been a decade before your lawn has been aerated, and it is secretly suffering. Annual aeration is the landscaper’s key to maintaining a healthy lawn, and is a basic part of routine lawn care. Here are some of the basics of lawn aeration:
Lawn aeration can be an incredibly beneficial service for your lawn, when done with the proper lawn aeration equipment at the right times of the year and under the right environmental conditions. Also known as core aeration, this process opens the soil so that nutrients, water and air have easier access to grass roots, which helps thicken and restore the vitality of your lawn.
It’s best to core aerate lawns when the grass is actively growing. That’s the best time to maximize the benefits. Cool-season grasses should be aerated in the spring or fall, and warm-season grasses in the late spring or summer.
Of course, its always good to get a visual. Here is a video that will show what an aerator looks like, and how to use it:
So you might be wondering when is it time to aerate. Some would say that you should just do it regularly each year. But your grass will speak to you as well. Here are some signs that your lawn has been neglected, and needs to be aerated:
Your lawn is thinning. If your yard seems to be thinning and you can’t trace any other obvious cause, such as a new source of shade or watering changes, the reason may be soil compaction.
#Lawn fertilizer doesn’t do much good anymore. When soil is highly compacted, the lawn fertilizer nutrients are unable to reach the roots of grass. If you fertilize but don’t see much in the way of results, you may have overly compacted soil.
You have a lot of runoff. Overly compacted soil doesn’t absorb water as well as soil with space between particles. If you’re starting to see more runoff than normal, and more rain or irrigation isn’t the cause, you may need to aerate.
I hope this post provided some helpful information on how aerating your lawn is an important part of your #lawn care. We offer aeration services in Central Oregon, so please give us a phone call if you would like it done for you!