September and back-to-school season are right around the corner, which means that now is the time to aerate your lawn. August and September are the best time of year for aeration, as the process prepares your yard for fall, winter and a lush lawn next spring. Not sure if aeration is really necessary? Here’s what you need to know about the process.
Lawn Aeration 101
A strong, lush and healthy lawn needs plenty of air to thrive. Over time, as you walk across the surface of your lawn, have summer cookouts and mow the grass, your lawn will become compacted. Without regular aeration, the roots of your grass won’t be able to get enough hydration and nutrition to grow. Lawn aeration, or core aeration, removes small cylinders of compressed grass from your lawn to loosen soil and give your grass a boost from more water, sunlight, fertilizer, air, nutrients and grass seed.
The Benefits of Aeration
- Healthier turf
- Easier to manage the thatch layer, or the tightly-clustered material right above the soil
- Less compaction of the soil in your yard
- Get the most out of your fertilizers, water and overseeding
- Deeper roots for your grass
- Improved ability to survive harsh summer and winter weather
- Increased resistance to disease, pests and bad weather
- Laying a solid foundation for overseeding and a lush lawn
How Aeration Works
Our landscaping professionals use a piece of specialty equipment called an aerator to complete the aeration process. The aerator pokes holes in your lawn and leaves behind dirt plugs across the surface. The holes are relatively small and are typically only about the size of a nickel. The plugs are usually 2-3 inches long. We leave these chunks of soil behind on the lawn, as rainfall naturally breaks them down onto the lawn for further enrichment.
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.