While the benefits of lawn aeration have been proven in many different parts of the country, it still isn’t a practice that is embraced by every lawn care company out there. Reasons that are given include,
- Lack of demand.
- Lack of time to schedule and perform the service.
- Resistance to the true utility or they don’t think it works.
If your lawn contractor isn’t aerating, you are missing out on an opportunity to increase the quality of your turf and possible reduce lawn maintenance costs over time. Aeration helps oxygen and water enter the soil zone.
Fall or Spring Aeration: Which Time of Year is Better?
Conventional wisdom has been that fall aeration helps more with cool season turf, while spring is the season for aerating warm season turf. In reality, aeration can be beneficial when performed in either season, or both if you have severely compacted soil. Integrating it as a part of an environment-first lawn schedule, aeration provides benefits in all types of turf and a majority of customers see significant improvement in lawn color, thatch density and nutrient uptake within a month.
Perception does play a role in whether your satisfied with an aeration services. Having your lawn mowed before the aeration, will allow you to see the size of the cores which are being pulled up during the process. This can be the best measure of gauging quality of your aeration job. Follow up the aeration with a round of fertilization and plenty of water, and the grass will quickly jump to life.