The soil under your lawn needs to breathe to be as healthy as possible and Aeration helps the soil to breathe. Thatch and soil compaction are what can hurt your soil’s capacity to breathe. Most aeration is done in the spring and fall and simple lawn spiking won’t help most lawns in need. You will need to perform a core aeration with expensive equipment or hire a professional landscaper to handle this job for you.
It’s best to rake your lawn deeply all through the years to prevent thatch from accumulating. When you don’t rake, aeration can help by removing thatch each year.
Dealing with Soil Compaction
You need water and fertilizer to be able to permeate your soils root zone to stay healthy. Foot and equipment traffic can compact your soil.
When to Aerate
It’s best to aerate in the fall for cooler areas with grass like Kentucky Bluegrass. For warmer areas with grasses such as Bermuda grass, it’s best to aerate in the spring. For both warm and cold areas you can aerate in the fall or spring but if overseeding is done at the same time, it’s best to overseed in cooler areas in the fall and warmer areas in the spring.
The Aeration equipment will pull plugs (aka cores) out of the soil to let air, water, and fertilizer in. Plugs are normally about 2-3 inches in depth and a line of holes should be separated by 3 inches. The lawn should be watered the day before aeration but you don’t want a muddy lawn.
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