Routine maintenance can play a significant role in developing a robust, vibrant, and thick lawn. However, sometimes regularly fertilizing and maintaining your property is not enough to get the most out of your Texan grass. If you’ve noticed that your land is looking dull and lackluster, it may be in need of a full yard aeration.
To achieve a healthy, sustainable lawn, it’s essential to ensure your grass receives the air, nutrients, and water it needs for longevity. Unfortunately, our outdoor lifestyle here in Texas can eventually wreak havoc on our properties. Over time, the heavy pedestrian traffic in our yards can create extensive thatch and ground compaction.
Even slightly compacted grounds can inhibit the distribution of critical components throughout your grass. In a relatively short amount of time, compacting can also deprive your soil and root systems of what’s needed to thrive, causing the blades to wither and die. As a result, by the end of the summer, many home and business owners in the region have noticeable bare and bald spots strewn throughout the property.
If this sounds like the current state of your lawn, you may want to consider a full yard aeration. Professional aeration systematically removes plugs, or cores, of soil directly from the property to loosen up ground compaction and break apart thatch concentrations throughout the lawn. Even just a single session can help redistribute air, moisture, and food, directing it to the soil where it can begin to reverse grass damage and deterioration.
Knowing some of the biggest indicators of thatch build-up and compressed soil can help you recognize when to aerate your property before excessive damage occurs. Some telltale signs include grass that looks dull or stressed or soil that is unusually firm. Additionally, if you’ve begun to notice puddles of rainwater in spots that once were quickly absorbed, you may have ground compaction. A quick way to test your soil is to try to dig into it with a screwdriver — if you’re met with exceptional resistance, it’s likely your ground is compressed and in need of aeration.
Aeration can deliver fast results; however, timing is everything to eliminate the chance of inadvertently damaging the lawn. First and foremost, never aerate a dormant yard. Instead, wait for the growing season. Cool-season grasses respond better to aeration in early spring and early fall. However, the warm-season grasses of the south show better results in the late spring or even very early summer as well as in the fall.
Additionally, aeration is easiest when the soil is moist but not overly wet. Typically, it’s best to wait a day after irrigation or rainfall to begin the process. Once your property has been fully-aerated, follow up with overseeding to repair bald spots and restore your lawn to its original vibrancy, density, and color.