7 Lawn Aeration FAQs: Part 2
4. When should I aerate my lawn?
The best season for aerating your lawn depends on what type of grass you have, but you should always aerate during or just before periods of high growth. For most types of lawns, this would be in the spring. If you have cool season grass, aerate in early spring. If you have hot season grass, aerate in late spring. You should wait until you have mowed the lawn a few times to ensure the grass is in growing season. It is also important that your lawn has enough moisture before you aerate, but it should not be saturated. You can water your lawn for an hour the day before so it absorbs approximately one inch of water, or wait until the day after a light rain.
5. When shouldn't I aerate my lawn?
Do not aerate your lawn when it is already under a period of high stress, such as during the hot summer, cold winter, or during a period of drought. Although aerating is good for your lawn in the long run, it does cause a big disturbance to the grass so you want to make sure to only aerate when the grass is strong enough to recover. If your grass is newly planted, you should wait at least a year for the first aeration to ensure that the lawn is established.
6. How often should I aerate my lawn?
You should aerate your lawn at least once a year. If it is highly compacted or if your have clay-based soil, it is best to aerate twice a year.
7. What should I do after I aerate?
After you aerate is a good time to water and fertilize your lawn because it will be easier for the grass to absorb nutrients.
If you are planning to overseed your lawn, a good time to do it is after you aerate. The seed can take advantage of the disturbed soil for better seed to soil contact.
If you are aerating in the spring, and you are NOT planning to overseed, you should apply weed killer shortly after aeration. This can prevent weeds from also benefitting from the aeration and taking over the grass. However, if you are overseeding, do not apply weed killer or it will prevent the seed from germinating.
You should try to avoid picking up the plugs after aerating because they provide nutrients to the grass when they decompose. They should disintegrate after a few days. If the look of them really bothers you, you can make them disintegrate more quickly by breaking them up with a rake. Watering also helps them disintegrate more quickly.
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