Lawn aeration is moving plugs of soil from your lawn. This procedure loosens your soil and allows the nutrients, air, and water to travel freely throughout your lawn and it’s roots. You can rent an Aerator or call a lawn service to handle this for you.
How to Aerate Your Lawn
- Plan ahead. You’ll want soft soil, so deep water your lawn a day before you want to aerate.
- The aerator digs INTO your soil, so be sure to mark any item that might be shallow enough in your lawn that would get hit by the aerator. You will want to go around these items. Sprinkler heads, gas lines and water lines are a few examples of very important items to avoid hitting with your aerator.
- Go over your lawn one time for light compaction and for a more compacted soil go over twice, being sure that on your second pass you are going perpendicular to your first pass.
- Leave the plugs that the aerator spits out on your lawn, this helps put nutrients back into your lawn once they break down naturally.
- Give your lawn a deep watering immediately after you are done aerating, and re-water every few days for the next few weeks.
- You can now add fertilizer at this time if you’d like to help speed up the process.
- Re-water every few days for the next few weeks.
When Should You Aerate Your Lawn
Aerating a lawn is best in it’s peak growing time so it can recover fast. If you have warm season grass, late spring through early summer is best. For cool season grass, early spring or fall is best.
If you have hard soil, like we do in Fort Worth, you should try to aerate your lawn once a year. If you have looser soil or a lawn that is in good shape, once every 2 to 3 years should be sufficient.