Aeration is a simple term that means “to treat with air”. The process of aerating a lawn involves the use of equipment to perforate holes in the soil, bringing it up to be treated with not only air, but water, fertilizer and sunlight. This is a basic explanation, but there is a lot more that goes into soil aeration. You can read in detail here Aeration.
Aerating is just one of many techniques used to renovate and develop your lawn. Most of the methods to lawn restoration include aeration, but the best route is to combine strategies for maximum results. The optimal time is in late summer and early fall when lawns are really feeling the effects of summer. Amending topsoil with organic fertilizers, core aeration, reseeding post-aeration and top dressing are some common ways to rejuvenate a lawn.
When should my lawn be aerated?
Both spring and fall are ideal times to core aerate cool season turf grass such as Kentucky bluegrass and perennial ryegrass. Depending on your location in Northern Virginia, turf grass species and how intensely you use your lawn, in most cases, Spring aeration should be done between March and May. Fall aeration is done in late summer and early fall, usually between August and November. Aeration before or at the time of late season fertilization can enhance root growth responses and improve Spring time green-up and growth.
What can I expect?
Immediately after core aeration, your lawn will be dotted with small plugs pulled from the soil. Within a week or two, these plugs of thatch and soil break apart and disappear into the lawn. About 7 to 10 days after aeration, the aerification holes will be filled with white, actively growing roots. These roots are a sign the turf grass is responding to the additional oxygen, moisture and nutrients in the soil from the aeration process. Don’t expect miracles from a single aeration, particularly on lawns growing on extremely poor soils. Most lawns benefit from annual aeration and they’ll be healthier, more vigorous, and easier to maintain and have fewer pest problems than neglected lawns.
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