Here at Heritage, we believe a healthy lawn starts with healthy soil. Over time, the soil in your lawn will naturally become compacted and hard. That makes it difficult for roots to get the nutrients they need because they can’t reach deep enough. And rain, instead of soaking into the soil, runs off, and your grass doesn’t get the proper amount of water either. It’s no wonder your yard doesn’t look very healthy. The solution is aeration.
Aerating pulls small plugs of soil from your lawn allowing food and water to reach the roots and giving them more room to grow. It also helps break up thatch that collects just above the surface of the ground and hinders food and water absorption while promoting fungus and disease. By breaking up the thatch and the tangled roots underground, the grass can establish a healthier root system. Aeration is a great weapon in your lawn care arsenal. It strengthens the roots, and strong roots are the first step in creating a lush, green lawn.
It’s a good idea to aerate your lawn once a year to keep it healthy. Usually, spring or fall is best. Now is the perfect time. You want to make sure your lawn has four weeks or so of the growing season left so it can fill in the holes and make the most of your aeration efforts. If you haven’t aerated yet, make plans for this weekend or give us a call before mid-November.
MARK YOUR TERRITORY – Make sure to mark sprinkler heads, invisible pet fences and any other yard accessories you may have buried underground so you don’t puncture them while aerating.
SOIL TEST – How do you know if your lawn needs aerating? You can test it by poking a screwdriver into the soil in several different places. If it pokes in fairly easily, your soil is not too compacted, but if it’s difficult to push it in past the first inch, it could benefit from aeration.
WATER – The day before you plan to aerate, water your lawn deeply. This will help the soil be a little softer and make aeration a little easier. Be careful not to overwater as muddy soil will get stuck in the hollow tines of the aerator and slow the process.
CORE NOT SPIKE – It is better to use a true core aerator that removes a plug of soil than a tine aerator that simply pokes a hole in the ground allowing some air in, but further compacting the surrounding soil
LET PLUGS DRY – After aerating, just let the plugs sit on top of the lawn for a couple of days to dry out. You can crumble them with a rake or lawn mower, or simply leave them alone and nature will slowly dissolve. This is actually good for your lawn too because, as they dissolve, they provide micro organisms that feed on thatch and break it down.