The day-to-day maintenance required for healthy turfgrass is almost second nature to homeowners, but processes and treatments that are annual may require more thought and planning. Aeration is one such practice – it can be essential to the health of your lawn, but many homeowners overlook this process. Here, we take a look at this treatment and why it might be important to you.
- What is Aeration? Aeration is the process of creating small holes in your lawn to relieve soil compaction. Hollow-tine aeration is where hollow spikes are inserted into the soil and a rough plug is removed.
- Why Aerate? Over time, soil can become compacted which can limit nutrients and water uptake for your turfgrass. Removing small portions allows the soil to disperse and give plant roots greater ability to absorb those essentials.
- When? Aeration works best during your turfgrass’s active growing season, so for cool season grasses, early fall or early spring is best. For warm season grasses, late spring is best.
- How? Most lawn care companies provide this service, but you can also do it yourself by renting the proper equipment OR manually aerating with spike shoes or a garden fork.