Why is Aeration Important for Your Turf?
Aeration is a lawn care method of perforating the soil with small holes to enhance the natural air between the soil and the atmosphere. The most critical aspect of lawn aeration is that it eliminates the problem of compact soil which prevents grass from establishing a healthy root system, and keeps water and fertilizer from reaching the roots. So, aeration can help to fix the soil, allowing your grass to grow deeper roots and make better use of water and fertilizer. Here are the benefits of aeration for your turf:
- Alleviates soil compaction
- Boosts thatch breakdown
- Diminishes soil compaction
- Promotes stronger turfgrass roots
- Enhances fertilizer uptake and usage
- Reduces water runoff and puddling
- Enhances heat and drought stress tolerance
- Ameliorates cushioning and resiliency
How Often Should You Aerate Your Lawn?
The experts in lawn recommend annual aeration. Grasses growing on subsoils, heavy clay, or heavily used lawns may need aeration two times a year. Sports turf, golf fairways, and municipalities may need aeration at least three times.
When Is The Best Time To Aerate?
If you have cool season grasses such as perennial ryegrass or Kentucky bluegrass, aerate in spring (between March and May) or fall (between August and November). Performing aeration before or at the time of late season fertilization promotes root growth and enhances spring green-up and growth.
Warm season grasses such as
zoysiagrass or bermudagrass are perfect to aeriate in mid-spring to summer. To discourage weeds, never aerate when warm-season grasses are dormant. Remember that you should not perform lawn aeration of warm-season grasses during spring green-up, and not until after their first spring mowing.
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