Fall Lawn Aeration: The Essential Fall Lawn Care Service
- October 30, 2019
With autumn upon us, it’s time to start thinking about fall lawn care. The tough conditions of summer, like hot temperatures, drought conditions, and increased foot and mower traffic can be stressful for our lawns. That’s why it’s a good idea to offer your lawn some restoration services to bring it back to health and get it ready for winter. Lucky for us, there’s a service that boosts the health and gets your lawn ready for winter all at once: fall lawn aeration.
Lawn aeration (or core aeration) is a service where plugs of compacted soil are pulled out of your lawn. The plugs of soil are then redistributed across your lawn where they break down, providing your lawn with additional nutrients.
Now that we know the signs that your lawn needs fall lawn aeration, let’s take a look at the benefits this service provides. When it comes to thatch, too much is a big problem. When that layer of grass clippings and organic matter is more than a half-inch, it effectively seals off your soil. The barrier it forms blocks vital nutrients, water, and air from penetrating down to the soil and grass roots.
Lawn aeration is an excellent service to do once a year and only in the growing season of your grass. Making sure you only do this service during your grass’ growing season ensures it has enough time to recover.
Here in Ohio, with our cool-season grasses, the best time to aerate is in the fall or spring. Fall lawn aeration is the best because it strengthens your roots, preparing your grass for the winter ahead.
It’s incredibly important to prepare your lawn for your aeration service. Mark off any areas near sprinkler lines, electrical lines, or electric dog fences to avoid any accidental damage. This communication with your lawn technician ensures accidental damage is avoided during the service.
Another good idea to prepare for lawn aeration is to moisten the soil before your aeration service. Watering the lawn a couple of days before your service helps the tines from the aerator easily penetrate the soil. Don’t soak the lawn though!
If you want to ensure your lawn is in good hands, call the professionals at Rankin Lawn Care. Whether you’re looking for lawn care, grub prevention, perimeter pest control, or aeration and overseeding, Rankin Lawn Care has the answer.