Your lawn needs love year-round. And after the backyard bonfires and barbecues, kids running through sprinklers, pets roaming around, and all of that mowing and gardening—it could definitely use some extra TLC over these next few months. That’s where aeration comes in.
What is aeration?
Have you ever walked by a lawn and seen little “plugs” of soil scattered across the grass (and maybe for a moment thought they might be goose droppings)? Well luckily it’s not the latter, but it is something that’s really, really good for your lawn. Aeration is the process of removing plugs of soil in order to break up soil compaction, allowing oxygen and water to get down to the root zone. The treatment is key to stimulating root growth and encourages the penetration of air, water, and nutrients into the soil. It’s also key to removing and preventing thatch buildup.
Why is it so important for my lawn?
Aeration is probably the single best thing you can do for your lawn. Just like cleaning out your closet or coffee maker, aeration rids your lawn of unnecessary clutter and buildup. It also promotes a lusher, greener lawn by allowing a fresh environment for new grass to grow. Aeration lawn treatments have so many benefits—they reduce water runoff and puddling, improve fertilizer uptake and use, create stronger turf grass roots, and reduce soil compaction. Put simply, lawn aeration keeps your grass growing thicker and healthier, and the soil beneath it staying fresh and healthy.
Aeration is also a big player in enhancing thatch breakdown and removing thatch (the loose layer of shoots, stems, and roots that develop between the grass and soil). Excessive thatch forms a barrier that keeps moisture and air from going where your grass needs it, and it harbors pests and other organisms making the lawn more susceptible to damage from disease and drought. Aeration is an excellent and productive way to dethatch your lawn, ensuring any issues related to heavy thatch remain a problem of the past.
When should I get my lawn aerated?
The timing of your lawn aeration treatment depends on the type of grass you have. Cool weather grasses such as Kentucky bluegrass, fine fescue, and ryegrass (those most commonly found in Indiana) should be done when the weather begins to cool, during late summer and through the fall. Warm weather grasses should be aerated when the weather is warm, between late spring and summer.
Should overseeding be done along with aeration?
Put simply: Yes! Overseeding, the act of spreading grass seed over your existing lawn, is a vital part of the lawn care process and is recommended to do right after aeration. Aeration provides excellent conditions for overseeding because it allows new grass to establish itself and fill out thinning areas that are commonly found in mature lawns. Overseeding is just as important to prevent thinning as it is to correct thinning.
With that said, it’s also important to treat the entire lawn with overseeing, not just the visibly thin areas. At Lawn Pride, we use hydraulic aerators for improved accuracy, quality, and efficiency. These ride-on aerators pull better plugs than normal push aerators and allow for a more productive overseeding process.
Schedule an Aeration Treatment
Annual aeration is a great way to maintain a healthy lawn, but it is a bit tricky. The easiest way to aerate is with a machine called a Core Aerator, but leasing and transporting these bulky devices can be a chore. Your best bet is to contact the aeration and overseeding pros right here at Lawn Pride.
We’ll be happy to give you a free estimate and make sure your lawn gets aerated the right way at the right time. Already a loyal Lawn Pride customer? Log in here to request a service.