What is Lawn Aeration?
Lawn aeration is a lawn maintenance technique where small holes are created in your lawn to allow water, air, and nutrients to penetrate the soil’s surface. The proper method for aeration is with a core aerator. A core aerator will reach into the soil and pull out a core plug of grass, roots, and soil. These plugs are deposited from the machine onto your yard and holes approximately 2-3” deep is exposed. The plugs will break down over the course of 1-3 weeks while providing more nutrients for your lawn, your grass will grow together during this time to fill in the holes.
Why Should You Aerate Your Lawn?
The holes created during the lawn aeration process let water, air, and nutrients reach the roots of your grass. Without aeration, soil compaction makes it hard for these good things to get down to the roots. The difference is something like suffocating grass being able to breathe. After aerating your lawn, you will also notice better drainage. Heavy organic debris develops over time from grass clippings, fallen leaves, thatch, and more. This debris builds up a barrier on the surface of the lawn that prevents water from absorbing.
When Should You Aerate Your Lawn?
Early fall is the best season for lawn aeration in northeast Ohio. Your grass will need ample time to recover, so scheduling aeration at least 6-8 weeks before winter’s arrival is key. As your lawn fills in the holes, its root system will build strength and it will be better prepared to combat the heat and respond better to fertilizer applications. Depending on the type of soil your lawn is built on, you might need to aerate your lawn more often.