How to Aerate Your Lawn In the Spring, Summer or Fall?

May 25, 2012 by

how to aerate lawnOne of the best ways to keep your lawn looking nice and green is to aerate on a regular basis. Aerating helps to open up the root system, and makes it easier for your grass to breathe. Not only that, but it also encourages organic material to flourish in your soil.

The best tool that you can use to aerate lawn is a mechanical coring aerator. You can also do it by hand with a hand aerator, but it does take a long time if you have a large lawn. The technique that you want to use when you aerate your lawn in the spring, summer, or fall vary slightly. This article will talk about how to aerate your lawn in the seasons.

How to Aerate Your Lawn in the Spring?

In my opinion, aerating your lawn in the spring is the best time to do it. The first thing to do is to make sure that your ground is not too wet or too hard. Most of the time, if it hasn’t rained in a few days, you’re going to want to water your lawn the night before you aerate it.

how to aerate your lawn in the spring

Because it is springtime, then it is probably going to be a good time to also fertilize your lawn and over seed it. A lot of lawns tend to become thin during the winter, especially if they get a reduced amount of sunlight. The spring is a perfect time to re-seed your lawn and have it be thick and full during the summer. When you aerate in the spring, you want to try to get the best plugs that you can. You can do this by aerating your lawn in the morning, or by making sure that all the weights are in the machine before you start. Usually doing a good job aerating your lawn in the spring is easy. I like to aerate my lawn once in the beginning of the spring and once in the end of the spring. This gives me a really good result, and helps me save money watering my lawn.

How to Aerate Your Lawn in the Summer?

Depending on your lawn, and the condition that it is in, the best time to aerate your lawn could be in the summer. Lawns that are soggy, or have a water table, may not be ready to aerate in the spring. If you aerate until the summer, you give it the chance to dry out a little. Plus, the summer is a time when you need aeration the most. The hardest part about aerating your lawn in the summer is getting good plugs.

Most aerators are designed to give you plugs that are between 2 ¼ inches and two and three-quarter inches. If the ground is hard, then your lawn aerator cannot get plugs that are this deep. The best way to soften your soil is to make sure to water it. You’ll want to water your lawn for about a half an hour before you start aerating. Another way to get better plugs is to actually push the aerator forward and down into the ground while you are using it. This can add 40 to 50 extra pounds of weight on your machine and can give you better plugs. Also, make sure that you have all of your weights in it, and make sure that you aerate your lawn in the morning. Usually temperatures cool off during the night, and during the day, soil temperatures are lower and the ground is softer. Aerating in the morning can give you plugs that are half of an inch deeper than aerating in the late afternoon.

How to Aerate Your Lawn in the Fall?

aerating a lawnA lot of lawn care experts will actually tell you that the fall is the best time to aerate your lawn if you have cool season grasses. Aerating your lawn in the fall definitely has its benefits. The major benefit is that it will help you establish a healthy root system going into the winter. Having helped the roots will make it easier for your grass to grow back quickly during the spring. Not only that, some lawns tend to expand during the winter and during the summer. You can avoid having your soil expand and compacting your roots by taking the time to aerate your lawn in the fall.

Another advantage of aerating in the fall is that you can also re-seed your lawn with shade seed. It is also a good idea to aerate your lawn the fall, because your chances of getting weeds are much less than if you aerate it in the spring. If you haven’t aerated your lawn in a while, you should go over the whole thing twice. If you live in an area that has a lot of clay in the soil, you need to make sure to aerate your lawn at least once every other year.

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