A Guide to Core Aeration
Enhancing Your Yard Through Aeration
Many people wonder what more they can do to their yard when fall arrives. After a long hot summer and plenty of outdoor activities, your yard could start to show signs of wear and tear. Weak and thinning grass can leave your yard open for weeds to take root and crowd out your grass. Even worse, if your soil has become compact due to lots of foot traffic or thatch buildup under your grass, it can prevent the exchange of water, air, and nutrients to the roots. This will give your grass the appearance of drought damage but you’ll soon learn that it’s much more complicated than that.
What Are the Signs of Compacted Soil?
- Water pooling in low areas
- Spongy or squishy grass
- Stunted growth
- Shallow roots
- Soil too hard to dig
What Is Core Aeration?
Aeration is the process of mechanically removing small plugs of soil from your lawn to improve the exchange of air, moisture, and nutrients. The process rejuvenates your grass, giving new life and a healthier appearance.
How To Know If Your Lawn Needs To Be Aerated?
As stated above, compacted soil prevents grass from growing a healthy root system and keeps air and water from reaching the roots. Your grass might start to show signs similar to drought stress. If you water your grass and notice no change in the color then there’s a good chance that your soil is compacted. Compacted soil can lead to other problems such as pooling water in low areas which can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
What Causes Soil Compaction?
- Construction traffic on new builds
- Walking, running, or playing
- Thatch buildup
- Irrigating your grass
Aeration can relieve soil compaction, promoting deep root growth and allowing for the exchange of water, air, and nutrients.
When Should I Aerate My Lawn?
Aeration is a vital tool to help keep your yard looking its best but it has to be done at the proper time or it could do more damage to your lawn. The proper time to aerate all depends on the type of grass you have because it needs to be done while your grass is still growing. Here in South Carolina, we have several grass types that are used for residential and commercial turf.
Common grass types in South Carolina include:
- St. Augustine
These warm-season grasses are actively growing throughout the summer so this is the best time to aerate. DO NOT aerate warm-season grasses during the fall, winter, or early spring as they cannot recover properly.
Call the Lawn Care Professionals
When your yard becomes too much work for you to handle it’s time to call in the professionals. At Coastal Turf our lawn technicians are trained in lawn care maintenance and can restore and enhance your lawn to levels you can be proud of.