Spring Tips: What Is Lawn Aeration & Do I Need It?

Lawn aeration is an important tool in making your lawn as healthy, lush and green as possible. With this spring being particularly short, it’s important to tackle lawn aeration soon, before the heat truly sets in.

Let’s take a look at what lawn aeration is, how it can help your lawn, and when you’ll want to call the professionals at Valley Green to help out.

What Is Lawn Aeration?

Lawn aeration can be done in the spring or fall, depending on the grass and soil type you have. We recommend aeration during May in the spring – after the first two mowings have taken place – or between August-September in the fall.

We will run our core aerator over your lawn several times, until there are nearly 40 holes per square foot. The soil cores can be left where they lay.

Why Do I Need Lawn Aeration?

Lawn aeration is an important part of improving the health of your lawn. Lawn aeration:

  • Improves air exchange between the soil and atmosphere
  • Enhances soil water uptake
  • Improves fertilizer uptake and use
  • Reduces water runoff and puddling
  • Strengthens turfgrass roots
  • Reduces soil compaction
  • Enhances heat and drought stress tolerance
  • Improves resiliency and cushioning
  • Enhances thatch breakdown

The important final result of all these steps is that the lawn is thicker, greener, has a healthy amount of thatch and holds up to hot and dry weather better than before.

Consider including lawn aeration in your annual lawn care program: it’s a wise decision which will continue to pay dividends at the “grassroots” level long after the aerator is gone.