Lawn aeration is the process of poking holes or removing small plugs of soil from your yard. For DIY lawn care check out our huge selection of grass seed, fertilizer, and weed control.
How To Aerate Lawn
What is Lawn Aeration?
Why Should You Aerate Your Yard?
Lawn aeration is a yearly task that can improve your grass quality immensely. Aerating your lawn reduces soil compaction. This enhances grass growth by improving the flow of air, water, and nutrients. Think of aeration as a massage for your yard. It opens things up and gets things moving right again. It improves soil “circulation” which gives you a healthy, lush lawn with deep, strong roots. Aeration is especially important for yards that get a lot of traffic and that have clay soil.
When Do You Aerate Your Grass?
For northern lawns that tend to have cool season grasses like fescue, bluegrass, and ryegrass, early fall or early spring are the best times to aerate your lawn. Southern lawns with warm season grasses like bahia, bermuda, centipede, St. Augustine, and zoysia should be aerated in late spring or early summer. Aeration is best done when your lawn is growing actively. Do not aerate dormant lawns.
Do You Have to Hire Professionals to Aerate Your Lawn?
Many professionals will tell you to leave lawn aeration to them. And of course they do! It is money in their pocket! Lawn aeration doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. It is just equipment, time, and labor. For those of you with large yards you can rent a heavy duty lawn aerators for as little as $65 for 4 hours from the big garden centers or equipment rental companies. If you’re on a really tight budget there are tools for $15 to $25 that definitely improve the health of your lawn. Cheaper tools will take a bit more labor, but there are options for everyone. If you wanted to pay someone to aerate your lawn you probably wouldn’t be reading this article, but you can do that too! There is a reason there are lawn professionals. But there are options for literally every person and budget when it comes to lawn aeration.
What Tool Do You Need to Aerate Your Yard?
There are 3 types of aeration tools you can choose from to aerate your lawn.
How Do You Aerate Your Lawn?
Be sure your lawn is moist, but not wet. Dry or wet soils make aeration much more difficult. Aerate your lawn the day after you water or it rains or maybe later in the day if you have watered earlier in the day. Follow the instructions for the tool you choose. Be sure to cover your whole yard concentrating on high traffic and problem areas by doing multiple passes in different directions to thoroughly cover the area.