Lawn care and maintenance includes very many lawn care
practices and activities. One of the most important lawn care activities is
aeration. Aeration involves poking holes in your lawn to allow the roots of the
grass better access to water, nutrients, and air. Lawn aeration is mainly done
to alleviate soil compaction. Compacted soil prevents water, air, and nutrients
from penetrating the surface and reaching the roots of the grass. After proper aeration,
the soil has enough water, air, and nutrients to ensure that you grow strong
healthy grass. You should aerate your lawn during the growing season to allow
the grass to heal and fill all the areas in your lawn after the soil plugs are removed.
This means that if you have cool season grass, you should aerate the yard in
the early spring or fall. But if you have dry season grass, aerate the lawn in the
late spring. You can either aerate your lawn with a spike aerator or a plug
aerator. Plug aeration is more recommendable because it removes plugs of soil
from the lawn. Here are a few helpful tips for aerating your lawn.
Aerate When The Soil Is Moist
You can always aerate your lawn without professional assistance
or you can request professional Canal
Fulton lawn aeration services. If you do not have the time and/or equipment,
or if you do not know how to aerate a lawn properly, it’s highly advisable that
you hire a professional lawn care technician for the job. Anyway, lawn aeration
should always be done when the soil is moist. You will have a really tough time
trying to aerate compacted dry soil. The best time to aerate your lawn is the
day after a rain shower. You can also water your lawn on the day before
aeration. But it’s not advisable to aerate your lawn after a heavy rainstorm.
Focus On Compacted Areas
As mentioned above, lawn aeration is mainly done to
alleviate soil compaction. This means that you should focus your aeration
efforts on the most compacted areas in your lawn. Make multiple passes on the
compacted areas to ensure true aeration. You can ignore the unaffected areas,
such as the back of your lawn, and concentrate on the compacted areas at the
front of the lawn.
Crush The Excavated Soil Plugs
After removing the soil plugs in your lawn, you should wait
for them to dry and then crush them. You can turn them over with your lawn mower
or you can crush them with the back of your rake or hoe. Crushing and leveling
the soil plugs will give your lawn a uniform beautiful look.
Do Not Mind Pre-Emergent Herbicides
Contrary to popular belief, lawn aeration does not destroy
the herbicide barrier. Many people believe that if you apply a pre-emergent
herbicide on your lawn in the early spring, aeration will destroy the herbicide
barrier. This is a very common misconception. We now know for sure that lawn aeration
does not affect weed prevention and crabgrass control.
Continue Basic Lawn Care Practices
After aerating your lawn, you should carry on with all the other
basic lawn care practices. Continue mowing and watering your lawn as scheduled. You should also fertilize your lawn to
ensure healthy grass growth.