If you have a lawn with compacted soil or if it has poor drainage it will accumulate thatch faster than a well drained lawn. Aerating your lawn will help moisture and air penetrate into the compacted lawn. It also helps develop a deeper and healthier root system along with stimulating the microbial activity involved in decomposing the layer of thatch. It is best to aerate using an aerator with tines or spoons that bring cores of soil to the surface. It takes approximately six weeks for grass to fill in the holes that have been created from aerating.
It is best if you can fertilize the lawn about a week before you aerate. The optimal time to aerate your lawn is from late August to early October. Aeration in the spring or summer can also work well especially if you follow up with regular and frequent watering. If you decide to aerate in the spring make sure you mow the lawn at least twice before aerating. If you are not planning on reseeding your lawn you can follow up with applying pre-emergence herbicide after you aerate to help prevent annual weeds from sprouting.
When we aerate we run the aerator over your lawn in two different directions allowing air, water, and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots. You will then let the cores of soil dry out before you rake them back into your lawn. You also have the option of just letting them sit on your lawn and crumble apart over time. This effect will top dress your lawn with soil containing the desired micro-organisms that work at decomposing thatch.
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