September is rapidly approaching, as is the end of the window of when you should have your lawn aerated. August and September are the ideal months for aeration, as it will prepare your yard for fall, winter and next spring. Despite lawn aeration being such a common practice, many homeowners still don’t understand exactly what it does and why it is so important.
What Is Lawn Aeration?
Like you need air to breathe, your lawn needs air to breathe too! Over time, walking across the surface of your lawn leads to compression. Without aeration, the grass roots of your lawn cannot get enough nutrition and hydration to thrive. Lawn aeration is also called core aeration, and it works by taking out small pieces of your yard to loosen the soil and allow your entire lawn to get more nutrients, water, sunlight, air and fertilizers.
How Does Aeration Help Lawns?
Lawn aeration offers a number of benefits, including:
- Improved turf health
- Deeper grassroots so that the lawn can survive in harsher environmental conditions
- Helping manage the thatch layer (tightly clustered plant material right above the soil) of the lawn
- Better resistance to pests, disease and bad weather
- Less soil compaction and decreased density
- More efficient use of water and fertilizers
- Creating a good foundation for overseeding and growing a lush lawn
What Are the Signs You’re Due for Aeration?
In general, you should have your lawn aerated once a year. If you walk across your lawn frequently or place heavy things on the surface throughout the year, you should have it aerated twice. If you notice puddles on your lawn after the rain, it’s another sign that the ground cannot soak up the water because the soil is tightly compacted. High amounts of thatch on the surface also indicate a lawn that’s overdue for aeration.
How Does Aeration Work?
When JFC Grounds Maintenance arrives to aerate your lawn, you will see a unique piece of machinery called an aerator. This machine will poke holes in your yard and leave behind plugs of compacted soil across the surface. These holes are not very large in size, and the soil plugs are usually the width of a nickel and 2-3 inches long. The plugs are left behind, as mowing the lawn and rainfall will naturally break them down.
Aeration and Overseeding from JFC Grounds Maintenance
Ready to take better care of your lawn? Give JFC Grounds Maintenance a call at (410) 655-2887.