You already know you need to mow, fertilize and water your lawn, but did you know you aerate it as well?
Proper aeration allows you lawn to breath, and in actuality provides it with the air, water and nutrition it needs. However, aeration is a little more than poking holes in your yard. Proper aeration gives an even dose of what your lawn needs the most.
Choosing to use a spike or plug aerator will lead to different results. A spike aerator provides the evenly poked holes along your yard. While this is effective, it may cause additional compaction and defeat the purpose. A plug aerator actually removes a plug of grass and soil. Don’t worry however, these are only about a half inch in diameter. You won’t’ end up with a bunch of holes in your yard if done properly.
Lawns should be aerated in the early spring or fall, before or after the growing seasons.
Make sure your soil is moist before you begin. This will make it easier to remove the soil. Aerate the day after watering should be sufficient. Afterwards, the soil plugs should be allowed to dry. They can then be broken up with your lawn mower to give the yard a uniform appearance.
Not all lawns need to be aerated, or even aerated every year. If your yard has heavy traffic, is part of new home construction or was established with sod, your lawn probably needs ventilation. If it gets dried out easily or has a thatch problem, you may need to remove the thatch and aerate that area.
If you have questions about whether to aerate your lawn, please feel free to contact us.