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Lawn Mowing


Why Aerate the Lawn

Aeration can be extremely important to ensure a healthy lawn and it’s the part of lawn renovation because it alleviates soil compaction or excess thatch and allows oxygen, water, and nutrients to penetrate the roots.

The most common reason for aerating is to reduce soil compaction which prevents the proper circulation of air, water and nutrients in the soil. If there is excess thatch, roots can be starved of these necessary elements

Aerating will aid in deeper growing roots and allow for a stronger grass that will grow thicker and greener on the surface. Grasses with deep root growth are far more drought tolerant so less watering will be required.

Signs the Lawn Needs to be Aerated

Aeration is extremely important if the lawn:

  • Was created for a newly constructed home and on subsoil

  • Was created with sod and soil layering has become the problem.

  • Gets a lot of traffic and use contributing to soil compaction

  • Dries out easily or feels spongy due to excessive thatch

  • Has a layer of thatch that is thicker than half an inch

  • Has areas where the lawn stops growing or is more sparse

  • Always has puddles after a rain or water just seems to run off

Best Time to Aerate the Lawn

When to aerate the lawn depends upon the type of grass you have and when it begins the period of most active growth.

Cool season grasses such as fine fescues, ryegrasses, and Kentucky Bluegrasses should be aerated in early fall or early spring. Warm season grasses such as Zoysia and Bermuda Grass should be aerated in the late spring.

Aerating should be done prior to fertilizing or reseeding and when the soil is moist, never during a period of drought or extreme heat.

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