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Do you really need to aerate your lawn?

Do you really need to aerate your lawn?

No, it’s not necessary to aerate your lawn every year, especially if your grass is healthy and thriving. Aeration is good if you’ve got compacted, poor or clay-heavy soil that’s been impacted by heavy equipment or lots of foot traffic. It’s also good to aerate if you are renovating a yard or installing a new one.

How often should you aerate your lawn?

When to Aerate Your Lawn If you have high-traffic areas or heavy clay soil, you will want to aerate every year. If you have sandy soil or your lawn is growing well, aerating the lawn can happen every 2-3 years.

What is the benefit of aerating your lawn?

Aeration allows air, water and nutrients to penetrate the soil. When nutrients penetrate deeper into the root zone, they become available to the turf. This improves the effectiveness of your TruGreen fertilization and ongoing watering to promote a healthy turf.

What do you do after you aerate your yard?

What to Do After Aerating Your Lawn

  1. Leave the soil plugs on the lawn to decompose and filter back into the holes left by the aeration machine.
  2. Apply fertilizer immediately after aerating your lawn to put nutrients into your grass roots.
  3. Reseed your lawn, especially in areas of the lawn where the grass is thin.

How do I know if my lawn needs aeration?

10 Signs It’s Time To Aerate & Seed Your Lawn

  1. It’s Fall or Spring. The fall is the perfect season to aerate and seed your lawn.
  2. Puddles. Puddles are an indication of compacted soil.
  3. Worn Areas. Patches in the yard?
  4. Inability to Moisten.
  5. Thinning Grass.
  6. Discolored Areas.
  7. Uniformly Thin and Dull.
  8. Yard Stopped Growing.

Is aerating or dethatching better?

So should you dethatch or aerate? Core aerating not only breaks up thatch buildup but also relieves compacted soil. Dethatching mostly loosens the top layer of soil and also removes the layer of debris (dead grass) from the soil. Dethatching can really help when overseeding your lawn.

Should you seed after aerating?

Within 48 hours after you aerate you should over seed, fertilize, and water your lawn. The seed, fertilizer, and water will have the best chance to get down into the holes made by the aerator if applied soon after aeration. If the fertilizer contains weed control, your grass seed won’t germinate properly.

Can I mow my lawn after aeration?

In general, aeration creates the most benefit on soil that is a little bit moist. Then, try not to mow right after aerating. Instead, mow beforehand, and consider laying seed and fertilizer over your lawn after aeration and give your lawn time for that new seed to germinate before you mow again.

Do you water lawn after aeration?

During the first two weeks following your aeration and seeding service, the main goal is to keep the ground/seed moist while the seed begins to germinate. We recommend that you water each day for at least 20 minutes in all areas of the lawn (water the soil to a depth of about 1/4”).

What time of year should you aerate your lawn?

Ideally, aerate the lawn with cool season grass in the early spring or autumn and those with warm season grass in the late spring. When experiencing prolonged dry conditions and drought, aeration is recommended. This will improve the passage for water and nutrients to reach the lawns roots when watering is limited.

Can you aerate your lawn in November?

If you miss spring aeration, fall is another great time to aerate. Fall aeration should take place mid to late October after temperatures have cooled down. Aerating in the fall preps your grass for the spring. Your lawn will grow greener and thicker the following spring after fall aeration.

Do I need to aerate my yard?

Yes, you need to aerate your lawn because loose soil allows grass and plant life to breathe – literally. If you can’t sink half your shovel into your lawn with relative ease, your yard is suffocating your plants. To remedy this, have your lawn aerated, either by yourself or a pro,…

Does Lawn aeration really help?

If you’re working to create a lush lawn, aerating can help. Aerating helps pave the way to a lawn that not only looks great, but can stand up to disease, drought and normal wear and tear.

Should you aerate before seeding?

Aerating prior to seeding helps to relieve soil compaction and will ensure good seed to soil contact greatly aiding in germination. We recommend fall if you are only doing it once per year as aeration will bring weed seeds to the surface.

Should you aerate before overseeding?

Aeration is important for overall lawn maintenance, but it’s especially important before overseeding. It is recommended that you aerate your lawn with a core aerator around 30 days prior to spreading new grass seed, if possible. This will help keep your soil healthy when it’s time to overseed.

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