September 28, 2021

What You Should Know About Lawn Aeration


Children are back in school and October is right around the corner, but that doesn’t mean that it’s too late to aerate your lawn. September is one of the best times of the year to complete aeration, as it will prepare your yard and lawn for the fall and winter and lay the foundation for a great, lush lawn when spring rolls around again. Here is what every homeowner should know about the aeration process.

Lawn Aeration 101

A lawn that is healthy and strong needs enough nutrients, air, sunlight and water to thrive. When you walk across the surface of your lawn over the course of the warmer months, mow the grass, play badminton or have summer cookouts, your lawn will become compacted. If you don’t invest in aeration every year, the roots of your grass will not be able to get what they need. Lawn aeration takes out small cylinders of compressed soil and grass from your lawn. This loosens the soil and allows your grass to get enough air, fertilizer, sunlight, water, grass seed and nutrients.

The Benefits of Aeration

  1. Healthier grass and turf
  2. Less compact soil in your yard
  3. Deeper grass roots
  4. Getting the most out of your other lawn care activities like watering, overseeding and fertilizing
  5. Better ability to survive temperature extremes and harsh weather
  6. An easier to manage thatch layer
  7. Better resistance to pests, disease and bad weather
  8. Creating a solid foundation for overseeding and a lush lawn
  9. And more!

How Does Aeration Work?

When you have aeration performed, one of our landscaping professionals will use a piece of specialty landscaping equipment called an aerator. The aerator pokes small holes in your lawn and will leave behind tiny dirt plugs across the surface of your turf. These holes are not very big and generally only as wide as a nickel. They are typically 2-3 inches long. We will leave these behind on the lawn, as they will be naturally broken down by rainfall and provide the rest of the lawn and turf with 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.