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Now that it’s fall, and it’s likely your lawn is worn out from a tough summer. It’s time to aerate your lawn.
Backyard football games, hundreds of circles run by the family dog, boiling temperatures and  father-son games of catch have likely left their mark: thinning grass and soil that feels hard as rock underneath.
Fall could be time to give that ground a breath of fresh air—literally.Aerating is the process of scooping or “coring” holes into your lawn so oxygen, water and nutrients can penetrate deeper into the soil. Aerating also can break up soil that’s been compacted and hardened by heavy summer use. With aeration you are encouraging deeper roots, which creates a better looking lawn.

It’s best to aerate when lawns are actively growing. Depending on your climate, the best time of the year to aerate cool-season grass, such as fescue, rye or bluegrass, is in August through October. Consider aerating warm-season grasses, such as Bermuda, zoysia or St. Augustine, in the warmer months of April through June.

Does My Lawn Need Aerating?

Lawns that suffer heavy foot traffic and consist of clay soil get compacted more easily, so they likely need to be aerated more often. Does rainwater run off your lawn without soaking in? Did your lawn turn brown after a few days of hot weather? If so, it might be time to aerate.Another way to check is to dig into a square-foot section of your lawn and inspect how deep your grass’s roots grow. If they extend less than two inches into the soil, then it’s time to aerate.

How It Works

The best aerating machines are those with hollow, metal tines that penetrate the ground and pull plugs of soil from the lawn. You can help the tines penetrate deeper by watering your lawn one to two days prior to aerating. Apply about an inch of water to the grass. Here’s how to measure your watering: Place a small tuna can in the middle of your lawn and turn on the water. When the can fills up, you’ve watered enough.Mark any sprinkler heads or other lawn obstacles with flags. You’ll want to be sure the operator of the machine will operate with care around these so the aerator won’t mess them up.

 If your lawn is suffering, aeration may be the answer. Let the aeration experts at 706 Lawn Care take care of it so you can rest easy knowing the job was done right. Give us a call today at (706) 834-2249 or contact us online and we will be in touch as soon as possible. And next summer the family dog — not to mention your kids — will appreciate the time you spend now.