Aeration is an important step in caring for your lawn.

Most of us are concerned about how our lawns look throughout the spring and summer, but when fall arrives, it’s common to push your worries about your lawn to the side. After all, soon your grass will start to turn brown for the winter ahead, and you won’t have to worry about taking care of your lawn for the next few months. However, what you do in the fall can have a huge impact on the health of your lawn in the spring, and it’s the perfect time to aerate.

What is aeration?

Technically, aeration is the process in which air is exchanged between the soil and the atmosphere that surrounds it. During the process of aeration — officially called core aeration — small plugs of soil and thatch are removed from the lawn.

Why is it necessary to aerate your lawn?

The soil in your lawn becomes compacted over time. This can be due to major home improvement projects, like basement excavations, where topsoil is buried or removed. However, this can also happen simply due to playing, walking or driving the lawn mover across your lawn. When your soil starts to become compact, water from the rain or your irrigation system can further compact your soil.

Compact soil doesn’t leave enough room for air, water or nutrients to reach the root system of your lawn, making it impossible for your lawn to get what it needs to thrive and be healthy. Aeration helps to reduce the compaction in your soil, making it possible for all of the necessary water, nutrients and air to reach your lawn’s root system.

When should you aerate your lawn?

Really, your lawn can be aerated at any point during the growing season. When and how often your lawn should be aerated depends on a number of factors, including what kind of grass you have and how compact your soil is. However, the most popular — and typically the most effective — times of the year to aerate your lawn are during the spring and fall. When you aerate during the spring, it helps to boost the greening of your lawn, and when you aerate during the fall, it helps to strengthen your lawn’s root system. Additionally, if you plan on overseeding your lawn, it’s always a good idea to aerate it first. As always, if you have any doubts on when to aerate your lawn, talk to a professional!

There are so many reasons to aerate your lawn.

Now that you know what aeration is, why it’s necessary and when you should aerate your lawn, it’s time to learn about the benefits of aeration. In our next blog, our lawn care professionals in Allentown will be touching on those benefits, so make sure to stay tuned to learn more! In the meantime, if your lawn is due for aeration, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our lawn care services are always trusted, professional and affordable, and we offer free estimates! Get yours today.