Everybody has memories of clomping over a lawn that’s caked in little dirt clods or “aeration noodles.” You know, those clumps of dirt and grass that are extracted from the earth. But many of us don’t really know why it’s important to aerate our yards. Now that fall is fast approaching—which is one of the best times to aerate by the way—it’s time to talk about aeration. As your landscapers, we find that folks often don’t know much about lawn aeration; here are our most common questions:

Why Is It Important to Aerate?

It might be counterintuitive to think that tearing up your lawn can actually be helpful for its health, but it’s true! Aeration pulls nutrients, air, and water into the soil. That ensures that your grass thrives throughout your yard. Aeration also breaks up grass thatch, which can form after months of mowing. In short, aeration saves your lawn from suffocating.

When Should You Aerate?

Spring and fall are recommended. Aerating during the summer can be a risk for your lawn, since solar heat can actually damage the lawn. Aerating in fall and spring will ensure that your lawn grows healthy throughout spring and summer, and it’s prepared for the winter months.

How Do You Aerate?

Aeration is performed with a heavy, walk-behind machine that has a spinning wheel that’s outfitted with teeth. These teeth penetrate the earth and pull up aeration plugs, which are spit out and recycled back into the earth over time.

Should My Lawn Be Wet?

Yes, your lawn should be a bit wet. Actually, it’s ideal to have moist soil underneath your lawn, and a dry surface. Be sure to water your lawn the night before or during the early morning of an aeration. Damp soil is easier to aerate, and it allows better penetration for the aeration machine—and that means a healthier lawn.

How Long Does It Take Aeration Plugs to Deteriorate?

Aeration, albeit a great stimulant for your lawn health, can be a nuisance. After all, your yard will be covered with those tiny plugs, and holes that can snag a toe. However, it’s important to let these plugs deteriorate naturally in order to retain the nutrients that they carry. Fortunately, aeration plugs don’t stick around too long—most plugs deteriorate within two to four weeks of an aeration, depending on the quality of the soil and the weather.

How Soon Can You Aerate a Sodded Lawn?

Sod requires some time to become well rooted and established before it can be aerated… Otherwise, you can pull up layers of sod and you may damage your lawn. Give new sod a year before aerating. You may be able to aerate sooner if the sod is well established.

The Prestige Aerates!

When your lawn could use a pick-me-up, we can provide. Count on our team of expert lawn care specialists for an aeration. Learn more about our core aeration services, and get in touch with us today to get started! We provide lawn care services for folks throughout Asheboro and Greensboro!