Summertime here in Texas means we get to enjoy the fruits of our lawn care labors. However, when fall rolls around, our lawns may be needing a little bit of rejuvenation. One of the best things you can do for your lawn all year is aeration. Lucky for you, fall is one of the best times of the year to aerate your lawn. Here are a few fall aeration tips to give your lawn a healthy boost before the winter.
Aeration, also known as core aeration or lawn plug aeration, is an essential lawn care service where small cores of compacted soil are pulled out of your lawn and redistributed across the grass. While it looks like a devastating and destructive process, it’s actually one of the best things you can do for your lawn all year. A fall aeration service encourages strong root growth while loosening up compacted soil and breaking up excess thatch. This allows for easy access to water, nutrients, and air. In the end, your grass will be healthier and stronger.
Knowing the signs that your lawn needs to be aerated will ensure you are giving your lawn the care it needs to stay healthy all year. Here are a few easy to spot signs that your lawn needs to be aerated.
Hard, compacted soil is the first sign that your lawn needs to be aerated. Luckily, it’s pretty easy to tell if you have compacted soil in your lawn, all you need is a screwdriver. Take your screwdriver and stick it into your turf. If it goes in easily, then your soil is not compacted. If the soil is hard and there is a lot of resistance for the screwdriver, then your soil is compacted.
The next way to tell if your lawn needs to be aerated comes down to how water behaves on your turf. Pay attention to your yard after it rains or when you are irrigating. If water is pooling in areas around your yard or if there is a lot of water run-off, then aeration may be the answer. Soil compaction and excess thatch block water from being absorbed, causing run-off and pooling. Aeration will solve these problems.
Does your lawn feel soft or spongy when you walk on it? Are you able to see footprints or tire tracks in your lawn after you walk on or mow it? If this is the case, then you probably have excess thatch. Thatch is the layer of grass clippings and other organic matter that settles at the base of your grass. Having too much thatch will make your lawn feel soft underfoot and can cause a medley of problems for your lawn.
As stated above, thatch is the layer of organic material that rests just above your soil, at the base of your grass. A thin layer of thatch is actually very good for your lawn. It conserves moisture and protects your grass roots from fluctuating temperatures. Too much thatch, however, is very bad for your lawn. Not only does it restrict moisture and air from reaching the roots, it is also a perfect home for pests and lawn disease. You can check your thatch in the same way you check for compacted soil. Stick a screwdriver through your thatch and then measure how thick it is. If it’s more than a half-inch, then your lawn needs to be aerated.
Does your lawn have any (or all) of these symptoms? If so, then it’s time to invest in professional fall aeration services. Here at Gro Lawn, our lawn aeration service is designed to revitalize your lawn, giving it a healthy boost before the winter ahead. Do your lawn a favor and give us a call.