Posted by: sunnymesainfo | March 26, 2010

When to Aerate Your Lawn

Aerating is the process of punching holes about three to four inches deep into your lawn to allow water, oxygen, fertilizers, and other nutrients to penetrate the soil and better reach the roots of your grass. Aerating is usually done  with an aerator by pushing hollow cylinders into the ground and forcing out plugs of soil to the lawn surface. Your lawn requires three elements for survival: 1. moisture 2. nutrients 3. air

When your lawn gets heavily compacted (from foot traffic or automobiles), its roots don’t get the air they need to survive and grow. Additionally, aerating also allows water and nutrients to better penetrate into the soil and to the grass roots.

Warm Season Grasses Cool Season Grasses
late-spring to early summer late summer to early fall

When you’re considering to aerate, here are a few tips to remember:

  1. If you are planning on fertilizing or reseeding your lawn, it is best to aerate right before. This will help the fertilizer, seed, and other nutrients penetrate your lawn and soil, give you better results.
  2. Try not to aerate during times of drought and high heat. Instead of helping your lawn, it may allow moisture to escape the soil faster and remove small layers of thatch that can actually benefit your lawn. This moderate layer of thatch can help to insulate your soil from sunlight and excessive evaporation.
  3. Try to water your lawn one day prior to aerating. This will help soften the soil and allow for better penetration by the aerator.
  4. If you just planted a new lawn, it is best to wait until your grass roots are well established to begin aerating. Pre-mature aerating can cause excess moisture/water buildup and can prevent the grass roots form getting enough air to grow deep.

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