To Aerate or Not to Aerate…

There is much debate about whether aerating your lawn can improve it’s overall health and appearance. But is aerating really necessary for a beautiful lawn? Not all lawns are candidates.

What is aerating?

Just as the word sounds, aerating is the process of introducing air into a substance. Aerating a lawn can be done using a machine or hand held tools that create small holes in the surface of your lawn to allow for both air and water to penetrate built-up grass or lawn thatch.


Why is aerating beneficial?

Like any plant, grass needs lots of air to live and thrive. Creating small holes across the grass surface make sure that the roots get enough water and oxygen to properly grow. Aerating can also help to breakup compacted soil beneath and let roots grow deeper and stronger for a healthier lawn. Aerating your grass can also improve overall drainage and reduce puddles forming around your yard.

Does my lawn need aerating?

It can be hard to tell if your grass is ready to be aerated. The best time to aerate your lawn is during early summer (May-June) or early fall (September-October), during the most active growth period. Often only mature lawns require aeration, however if your home has had fresh sod laid over compacted subsoil (common in new subdivision builds), aeration may be needed.

The AWPM Team offers free lawn assessment to determine if your yard can benefit from aeration services. Contact us today to schedule your free on-site visit.

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