How and when should I aerate my lawn?
Aeration is the process of mechanically removing plugs of soil (5/8" by 2") every 6-8 inches. This allows a number of beneficial things to happen with the turf:
- Releases gases from the soil, letting oxygen in.
- Increases the amount of water to the soil and plant.
- Stimulates new root growth.
- Helps control harmful thatch buildup.
- Allow fertilizers and nutrients to move faster to the root.
- Relieves soil compaction caused by traffic and equipment.
- Reduces water runoff on slopes and hills.
Next to fertilizing your turf on a regular basis, aeration is the most beneficial thing you can do to improve the health of your lawn.
Late summer and early fall is a good time to aerate your lawn. It is the optimum season for turf to recover and spread due to the warm soil and cooler air temperatures.
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