Aeration, especially when combined with overseeding, helps promote thicker and healthier turf. This alone makes it an important part an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plan and can reduce the need for weed control. Aeration and overseeding is critical if your goal is a natural herbicide-free lawn. And, it is beneficial to the health of all lawns, regardless of your ongoing maintenance plan.
Aeration is perhaps the most important aspect of your lawn care program. Lawn aeration improves air, water, and nutrient movement in the soil, thereby increasing microbial activity, which breaks down thatch. It also alleviates hard-packed soils, especially high-activity clay soils.
When Should I Aerate?
Core aeration is recommended a minimum of once per season. In most cases, spring and fall aeration is advised. Aeration should be timed around seeding and pre-emergent applications to optimize the success of all.
Benefits of Core Aeration
- A reduction in soil compaction.
- An increase in soil’s ability to retain and provide water.
- Increase the efficiency of watering and irrigation systems as it relates to the above point.
- Improvement in fertilizer uptake and usage.
- Stronger and more self-sufficient root system.
- A reduction in water runoff and pooling.
- Enhanced thatch breakdown.
- Enhanced heat and drought stress tolerance.