One of the best things a lawn care service can provide to its customers is to aerate their lawn.
The question often comes up as to when and why aerate?
So let’s take a look at what the benefits are and when the best time to start the aeration process for those of us living in NY.
What is lawn aeration
Basically lawn aeration is when you put holes in the soil which helps to break up the soil allowing nutrients, air and water to reach the roots.
Over time the soil becomes compacted and the roots have a harder time getting the things they need to grow and flourish.
You can either aerate your own lawn or call a lawn care company to do it for you.
It doesn’t really matter what type of grass you have in your yard because all grass types will benefit from aeration.
How to aerate your lawn
There are different ways that homeowners use to put holes in their soil.
Depending on the size of the yard you could use a pitch fork or specialized shoes that have spikes on the bottom.
Unfortunately these aren’t the best ways to go about aerating your lawn.
Often times there will be little to no results using these methods.
The best way is to use a machine that is specifically designed for aerating lawns.
These machines are called core or plug aerators.
If your looking to do it yourself try visiting your local rental shop to see if they have them available.
They will rent them to you by the day and give a crash course on how to use it.
Another option is to call a local lawn mowing service to see if they offer aeration service.
You can usually get it done for a reasonable price.
Running an aerator is just like using a lawn mower only that the aerator is a little more awkward to use.
The core aerator will pull out plugs of soil as the machine is rolled over the yard.
These plugs remain on top and over time they will decompose.
Where the plugs were pulled will be holes where water and air can now access the roots of the grass.
If there are areas that are more compacted than others such as walk ways or other high traffic areas its best to go over these a second time.
I live in NY when is the best time to aerate my lawn
The best time to aerate a lawn is while its in its growth stage which for us living in the Syracuse area would be the beginning of September.
The reason for this is because when you aerate it causes stress to the grass so doing it during the growth phase is when its at its strongest.
So damage is less likely and the lawn can recover more quickly.
Once the aeration of your lawn has been completed, the next best thing to do is overseed your lawn.
If your looking for a company to aerate your lawn consider Monster Lawn Care Plus aeration service.
We offer aeration services in Syracuse and surrounding areas.