Why Is It Better To Wait Until Fall For Lawn Aeration And Overseeding?


grassseedOne of the keys to a healthy, beautiful lawn is incorporating aeration into your regular lawn care routine in the fall. In addition to regular lawn maintenance duties like mowing, watering and fertilizing, fall lawn aeration helps ensure your soil is getting all of the necessary nutrients. Fall lawn aeration promotes strong root growth and depth while helping to remove thatch and soil compaction.

Disadvantages of Spring Aeration

  1. Aeration provides a better grass-growing environment and loosens the soil. This encourages stressed lawns to stimulate root development during the long, cold winter months. During the fall season, the air is cool, but the ground temperature is still warm, which makes for perfect conditions.
  2. If you aerate your lawn in the spring, it opens your lawn up to disease. Because of all the rain, spring is by nature a moist time of year and that can easily spread disease and fungus.
  3. It’s highly likely that if you are aerating your lawn, you are probably using pre-emergent herbicides as well. If you apply pre-emergent herbicide in the spring, it decreases germination rates
  4. Planting seeds in the fall give the plants that much more time to grow and establish before having to deal with the hot summer months. Your grass is much more likely to thrive if it has the opportunity to develop a strong root system.
  5. Lawn weeds are much more prevalent in the spring. If you aerate during that time and have holes everywhere, those rogue seeds will take up residence and pop up all over your lawn!

What Are The Benefits Of Lawn Aeration?

There are so many advantages to a fall lawn-aeration program.

  • Improvements are noticeable almost immediately.
  • Makes fertilization programs even more effective.
  • Less water is required and aerated lawns don’t puddle.
  • Aerated lawns are able to better tolerate heat.
  • Soil compaction is broken up and water is able to make it to the roots.
  • Aeration clears up thatch (the buildup of lawn clippings, dead roots, and all the “junk” that gets stuck under the surface of the grass and soil). When there is a thick buildup of thatch, nutrients are prevented from getting to the roots because the thatch sucks up all the moisture. Not to mention, thatch encourages undesirable insects to take up residence.

Incorporating fall lawn aeration can make an enormous difference! While it is just one tool for your lawn care routine, when used in combination with your fertilization and weed control programs it can make your lawn the very best in the neighborhood. Call the professional experts at Green T Landscaping today to set up an appointment.