If you are lucky enough to not have been affected by drought to the point of dead grass this summer, then it is likely you have a lawn to aerate this fall. Whether you have a full lawn of green grass or it’s only partially alive, call a landscaper in Warren County, NJ to assess your lawn to see if aeration would be a beneficial service this fall.
First things first: what is lawn aeration? To achieve a beautiful lawn, you not only need to mow, water and fertilize, you should also aerate so grass roots are exposed to much needed air, water and important nutrients. During the aeration process, the soil will be perforated and small cores of the lawn’s soil removed. This action will not hurt your grass—in fact, its purpose is to help grass roots to grow deeper and become stronger!
There are two main tools or machines used for proper lawn aeration. Resembling a pitch fork, a spike aerator basically pokes holes through the soil, but does not remove any soil from the ground. When only holes are poked, the dirt has an opportunity to compact back around the holes. More effective is a plug aerator, which perforates the lawn to completely remove small cores of grass and soil—and in doing so opens up grass roots to a healthy amount of air, moisture and nutrients.
Since the deterioration of a yard’s grass occurs over time, you may not be aware of how desperately it needs to breathe. You may need to aerate your lawn if it is subjected to a lot of wearing tear, such as being heavily trafficked by you, running children, rough playing pets or trampled by a work crew. It’s also recommended to aerate when your lawn always seems to dry out easily, yet always feels soggy, as this could indicate inefficient ground absorption. New sod is often layered right over existing soil—aerating breaks up the layers, thus allowing water to flow through without a hard barrier in the way.
To benefit the most from aerating your lawn, it is suggested to aerate during the cooler seasons. Due to the growing season, the grass can heal and fill in the plugs, and therefore, the early days of fall are considered the best possible times for this type of lawn maintenance (early spring, too). Also, don’t aerate a dry lawn—make sure the area of soil to be aerated is moist, be it via home sprinklers or from rain the night before.
Aerating your lawn sooner than later can mean the difference between having lush and healthy grass or a pile of dirt in the front yard. So, unless you’re going for a nice looking grass-free landscape, a lack of curb appeal could potentially bring your home’s property value down, and the neighborhood’s too. This fall, contact a professional landscaper in Warren County, NJ to learn more about lawn aeration and the benefits that come with having it done.
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