- April 26, 2019
- Ideas & Trends
Your lawn has been resting all winter, and now is a good time to help it get in shape for the summer season.
Aerating, a process of removing “cores” of soil from your turf, is a beneficial “exercise” as part of your landscape’s spring conditioning program.
Spring snowfall has left the soil full of moisture, which makes it easier for the aerator’s tines to sink in and pull out plugs of grass and soil. The holes created allow water, nutrients, and air to get into the root zone where they help the roots develop before the top growth hits full stride.
Aerating now can help the roots grow strong and deep, which can help the lawn be more resilient, requiring less water and being less prone to heat stress when summer temperatures soar.
Don’t worry about the plugs. They might look like goose droppings, but in time they will break down and add nutrients to the soil. Leave them on the lawn to do their work. Mowing will help break them down faster, which will get those nutrients down into the root zone.
Talk with a landscape professional if you are interested in fertilizing and seeding after aeration. They can help you choose the right product for the right time of year, and they know how to apply it properly.
Aerating the lawn each spring is a maintenance best practice for a healthy, heat resistant and water conserving lawn.