Is there a bad time to aerate your lawn? Aeration can take place at any time of the year, but the best time is usually in the spring/early summer or fall. The general recommendation is to core aerate when there is the most root growth.
Why should you not aerate your lawn?
Aeration helps to control thatch. It is extremely difficult to core aerate heavy clay soils. Aeration is not recommended for soils that have stones, rocks or tree roots just below the soil surface. Soil cores are best left on the lawn surface; they typically work back into the grass in 2-4 weeks.
What is the best time of year to aerate your lawn?
You want to aerate the lawn when your grass is in its peak growing period so it can recover quickly—think early spring or fall for cool-season grasses, and late spring through early summer for warm-season grasses. If you have high-traffic areas or heavy clay soil, you will want to aerate every year.
Is it better to aerate in the spring or fall?
We recommend you aerate your lawn once per year. If you have a warm-season grass, you should aerate now (early spring) as temperatures start to rise. If you have cool-season grass, fall is going to be the best time to aerate and seed your lawn. Aeration is necessary for the growth and health of your lawn.
Can you aerate your lawn in November?
For warm-season grasses it is too late to aerate once the growing season has passed in late summer into early fall. For cool-season grasses, late fall into early winter is too late to aerate.
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Do I really need to aerate my lawn?
Is lawn aeration necessary? Almost all lawns will benefit from aeration, and a great lawn demands it. That said, most lawns do not need it. Lawns suffering from heavy foot traffic, excessive thatch (>1 inch thick) or grown on heavy soils will benefit most.
Should you aerate new lawn?
CAN I AERATE NEWLY LAID SOD OR SEEDED LAWN? No, you should wait at least six months before aerating new sod and hold off aerating newly seeded lawns until the seedlings reach maturity.
How much does TruGreen charge to aerate?
How much does TruGreen Aeration cost? The TruGreen aeration costs anywhere from $200 to $450, depending on fertilization and the lawn size. You often need a maximum of one or two aerations per year, and sometimes, you don't need to aerate at all. If you have a small size yard, you can do the aeration yourself.
Should you dethatch your lawn in the spring?
The period of active growth and warming temperatures of spring are ideal for dethatching, but exactly when in spring depends on the type of turf you have. Both warm-season and cold-season turf types should be dethatched after they are actively growing.
How late in spring can you aerate?
Spring Aeration and Seeding
If you're looking to aerate your lawn in the spring, the best time would be between March and May. While we recommend aerating your lawn in the fall, spring core aeration may be beneficial if your lawn is so compacted it refuses to grow.
Do you have to seed after aerating?
Within 48 hours after you aerate you should over seed, fertilize, and water your lawn. The seed, fertilizer, and water will have the best chance to get down into the holes made by the aerator if applied soon after aeration. If the fertilizer contains weed control, your grass seed won't germinate properly.
Can I overseed without aerating?
To overseed a lawn without aerating, start by mowing it lower than 2 inches and follow it up with raking to remove debris and loosen up the topsoil. Spread the grass seed and then rake over it gently. Fertilize with a starter fertilizer and then water the lawn lightly until the grass grows to a good mowing height.
Should you aerate lawn every year?
No, it's not necessary to aerate your lawn every year, especially if your grass is healthy and thriving. Aeration is good if you've got compacted, poor or clay-heavy soil that's been impacted by heavy equipment or lots of foot traffic. It's also good to aerate if you are renovating a yard or installing a new one.
Can I aerate in June?
Warm weather grasses should be aerated when the weather begins to warm. This means that aeration should occur between late spring and through the summer. Anytime during this season will help your lawn, as long as it is not during heat waves or drought.
Should I mow before overseeding?
Mow Low. Before overseeding your thin lawn, cut your grass shorter than normal and bag the clippings. After mowing, rake the lawn to help loosen the top layer of soil and remove any dead grass and debris. This will give the grass seed easy access to the soil so it can root more easily after germinating.
Is TruGreen worth the money?
Overall, we give TruGreen a score of 97 out of 100. We believe it's the best lawn care company in the industry. TruGreen offers customers flexibility with five different lawn care programs and is available in 49 states.
Should I cut my grass before TruGreen comes?
You usually don't want to mow your lawn within 24 hours before any such treatment. This is because if you mow right before an herbicide treatment, there isn't much leaf area left to absorb the weed control. If a broadleaf weed control doesn't come in contact with enough of the plant's foliage, it won't be effective.
What kind of seed does TruGreen use?
Tall Fescue is a cool-season turf grass that is well-adapted to either sunny or partially shaded areas. Known for its durability as well as its tolerance to traffic, heat and drought, it can be found in home lawns across North America.
Should you rake up plugs after aerating?
Although unsightly, it is imperative to resist raking the cores off the topsoil and removing them from the lawn entirely. By removing the plugs, you effectively stop them from contributing critical nutrients and microorganisms to the soil below. As the cores dry, they slowly work their way back into the lawn.