Virginia is all about its clay. If your soil is a beautiful, bright orange, you may want to seriously consider aerating more than once a year.
It’s true, fall is an ideal time to aerate for the cooler temperatures, less stress on the lawn and fewer weeds to contend with. Both seasons are good times to aerate in conjunction with over-seeding. However, spring offers high moisture content in the soil and is also the time to battle excessive thatch. Spring is also the active growing season and aeration, while beneficial, is also stressful on your lawn. Spring offers the ideal time for your lawn to bounce back, rather than aerating during the summer or late fall when the lawn is not growing as quickly. With proper after-care both seasons are hugely beneficial.
When you need it
Over the last year you lawn may have been subjected to high traffic, causing compaction. This can cause numerous other problems and is best to take care of at the start of the year. Aeration will help break up soil, leaving airways to breathe, and intake water and nutrients. If your lawn’s thatch is the issue, spring is the best time to combat it.
One concern for spring aeration is that the active growing season for your turf, also means for your weeds, as well. Some argue that the new, open airways will promote weed competition, but applying a pre-emergent herbicide after aeration, as well as applying fertilizer or top dressing of compost will help the lawn compete against weeds. This combination of procedures will help immensely in your fight against those undesirables and, you have to consider, weeds and crabgrass are usually a concern in any case. Fear is no reason to do nothing. Spring aeration sets the stage for a favorable growing season all year long and aftercare and planning always play a crucial role. Spring aeration usually helps to strengthen and thicken the turf overall.
It depends on your grass type…
It is best to aerate warm season turf grasses in mid-spring to summer. Avoid aerating when warm season grasses are dormant. This may actually encourage cool season weed competition. Also, avoid aerating warm season grasses during the spring green up. It is best not to aerate warm season lawns until after they have received their first mowing in the spring. Both spring and fall are ideal times to aerate cool season turfgrass such as Kentucky bluegrass and perennial ryegrass.
Spring aeration also helps the turf better withstand the higher temperatures and decreased rainfall that summer weather brings. Watering the lawn thoroughly after aeration for a few days and then regular watering after will also help your lawn to green up quickly and with new vigor.
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