You hear about it all the time at garden supply stores and your neighbors what does aeration really mean? And more importantly, how do you tell if your lawn needs to be aerated? If your lawn is exhibiting any of the symptoms listed below it might be time to aerate.
If it’s not normal for water to pool in areas of your yard (ruling out clay) then it isn’t able to soak up water. This is because the soil is too hard and compacted or there is too much thatch buildup.
The screwdriver test is an easy way to test the moisture level of your soil. Just stick a screwdriver into the ground all they and pull it out. If there is soil stuck to it that means the soil is moist, if it’s clean or it was hard to push through then your soil could stand to be aerated.
Thatch is the layers of organic matter that builds up from dead grass, grass clippings, and leaves. Excessive thatch sits under the grass and on top of the soil and acts as a barrier for water and for new grass to grow. Thatch can be a suitable home for grass munching insects and mold.
The ideal time to aerate is during the growing season so grass can expand and fully benefit from the process. Cool season grasses should be aerated in early spring or fall and warm season grasses in the late spring.
Aerating your lawn by yourself can be a tiring task not to mention expensive if you have to buy an aerator. At Lawn Jox we care about your lawn. Our team is specially trained in core aeration techniques so sit back and let us do all the work for you and leave you with a beautiful lawn you can be proud of. Call for an appointment at 901-529-6569 or leave us a message.