The average American lawn measures in at 8,650 square feet. That’s a lot of greenery for which you’re responsible.
One of the many tasks required to maintain your grass is aeration. But you have lots of questions about the process—particularly, you want to know when to aerate a lawn.
Here’s everything you need to know before grabbing your aerator and getting to work.
When to Aerate a Lawn
The answer to this question is a layered one. Yard maintenance requires work year-round, and the same goes for lawn aeration.
Just make sure you have the tools required before you aerate your lawn. You could use an aeration spike if you have a small yard, which looks similar to a pitchfork. Or, if you have a larger lawn, rent or buy a plug aerator.
Now that you have the right equipment, it’s time to plan your yard maintenance. When is the best time to aerate your lawn?
In General, Between March to November
If you’re looking to find out when to aerate your lawn, the answer is year-round, pretty much. Between March and November, you can aerate your lawn as often as you see fit. Just avoid doing it if the soil is saturated with water or if there’s a chance of frost.
Otherwise, aerating throughout spring, summer and early autumn will ensure your lawn can breathe. It helps water get into the soil, too. So, even the lightest rain shower will nourish your grass.
But You Should Aerate Your Lawn When It Has Growth Problems, Too
As previously mentioned, lawn aeration allows water and nutrients to get into the soil more efficiently. This is good news for your grass no matter how healthy it is. But it’s an especially important resource if your grass stops growing or if your soil isn’t promoting growth.
Now, several characteristics indicate your yard requires aeration. For starters, if your soil feels hard underfoot, then it probably needs aeration. Dry, tough soil—dirt that’s difficult to crack into with a shovel—would do well with aeration.
If your grass is sprouting in patches, then grab your aerator. Run it over the areas where growth has stalled to give blades the water, minerals, and air they need.
Another sign your grass needs aeration: poor drainage. If water starts pooling in particular areas, the soil may have compacted. Opening up the soil can help water drain away.
Finally, high-traffic areas—trampled grass—may also require aeration. Your kids or pets may run the same trails, pressing grass down over time. So, focus on these areas while aerating to ensure they remain healthy and strong.
Ultimately, though, every lawn is different. If you’re unsure when or where to aerate, then call a professional lawn aeration service such as SML Services.
Let Your Lawn Breathe
Now you know when to aerate a lawn: between spring and autumn, or whenever its growth stalls. And, of course, if you still aren’t sure if your yard needs aeration, you can call in the pros. No matter what, your yard will look greener and healthier for it—and you’ll be proud of your landscaping once again.
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