When Should You Aerate Your Lawn?

Is It Time to Aerate Your Yard?

It’s that time of the year again. Temperatures are rising and birds heading back north after their winter migration. Spring is the perfect time to get your yard prepared for summer so it greens up quickly before the weeds do. One of the most beneficial things you can do to your yard in the spring is to get it aerated.aeration

What is Core Aeration?

In South Carolina, we love spending time in our yards in the summer months. After all, what’s the point in investing all this money in lawn care if you can’t use it. But after all these graduations, weddings, barbecues, and get-togethers, it can leave your soil compact. Compacted soil is a lawn condition that prevents water and air from getting to the roots of your grass. Core Aeration can solve this problem by pulling up small plugs of sod and loosening up the soil. After your grass is able to breathe and drink again, you will notice it return to its former lushness and then some.

What Are the Signs of Compacted Soil?

Before you choose to get your yard aerated you must first determine if your soil is compact. Symptoms of compact soil include:

  • Water running off and pooling in low areas.
  • Weak or yellowing grass.
  • Spongy grass caused by thatch.
  • Soil too hard to dig.

Thatch Buildupraking thatch on a lawn

Thatch also can contribute and even make soil compaction worse. Thatch is the name given to the layer of organic material between the dirt and your grass. As it collects over time, it can act as a barrier to prevent water from penetrating.

When Should I Aerate My Lawn?

Aeration is a scientific process that needs to be properly timed to coincide with the growing season of your grass. If it is done while your grass is dormant it will give weeds a chance to take over. There are two types of grasses; cool-season and warm-season grasses. Knowing what type of grass you have and when its growing season is, is the first step in aerating your lawn.

Cool-season grasses are adapted to the colder climates of the United States and do their growing during early spring and fall. During the summer, they go semi-dormant during long dry spells. Common cool-season grasses used in South Carolina include Kentucky bluegrass, rough bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, fescues, and bentgrass.

Warm-season grasses are grasses that are adapted to warmer climates of the United States and do their growing during hot summers. They go dormant during late fall, winter, and early spring.

Overseeding Your Lawn

Overseeding is another beneficial process that is usually performed after the conclusion of aeration. This is because your yard is full of holes and ready for sewing. Overseeding is the addition of other types of grass seeds into your existing lawn. By mixing different species of grasses you can make your turf more resilient to pests, diseases, and drought.

Call The Professionals at Advance Lawn Care

At Advance Lawn Care, we offer aeration and overseeding services as well as 10-step weed control and fertilizer program to give your yard all the nutrients it needs to stay healthy and green all year long. Call 864-641-4804 today and ask about our or leave a message on our site. Follow our blog for more helpful lawn care tips.