Aeration is Key to Keeping Your Lawn Looking Beautiful
Jeremy’s Landscaping, LLC, performs aeration to keep your lawn looking beautiful. Over time, heavy thatch and compacted soil can lead to suffocation of grass by preventing nutrients, water, and air from reaching the roots. We perform aeration with a lawn aerator, which has cylinder tines to properly do the job. We use the tines to punch holes in your yard. Doing aeration loosens up the ground and helps root growth. If your yard needs reseeded, this is a good time to do it while our team is pulling dirt up. We’ll get to more on that later.
The Best Time for Aeration is Late Spring or Early Summer
The best time to aerate warm-season grasses that are common to southern lawns like Christiansburg, VA, is late spring or early in the summer. Aeration and growing grass work hand in hand with each other, allowing grass to recover as fast as possible and fill in the spots where aerator equipment uncovers the soil. Jeremy’s Landscaping has experience providing aeration to the rest of our service areas in Southwestern Virginia, too.
Jeremy’s Landscaping Aeration Gives You a Healthy Lawn
Jeremy’s Landscaping’s aeration services will give you a healthy and rich lawn that you will certainly admire. The intended outcome for aeration is to alleviate soil compaction. Compacted soil has too many solid particles in a space, which prevents the circulation of nutrients, water, and air within the soil. This leads to a dead, dry lawn, and worse issues like weeds, pests, and even fungal diseases.
Aeration is a Strong Defense Against Compaction
Pennington.com reminds us that it may not seem like your lawn could get compacted, but it happens easier than you may think. Driving or parking vehicles or small equipment on lawns is an obvious detriment to your lawn, but even outdoor entertaining or yard play by kids and pets can compact all or part of your lawn. If you live where heavy clay soil is the norm, you will probably need annual aeration to keep your lawn from becoming thin and weak.
If your grass often looks stressed and your soil is hard to the touch or you find that the ground no longer absorbs water but it instead puddles, you may have compaction problems. Confirm your suspicions with a simple “screwdriver test.” Take a regular screwdriver and stick it into your lawn’s soil by hand. The screw driver should slide easily. If you meet resistance, this is a sign that your soil could be compacted, and aeration can help.
Removing Small Plugs of Soil, Turf, and Thatch Before Aeration
The landscaper begins the aerating process by removing small plugs of soil, turf, and thatch from the grass with the lawn aerator. They will leave the plugs on the grass, allowing them to break down over the next week or two. This will return the nutrients back to the lawn roots. Our aeration specialist will determine if overseeding will help your lawn. Overseeding is seeding into an existing lawn. Aeration creates the most beneficial conditions for seed growth.
Benefits of Performing Aeration and Overseeding at the Same Time
Jeremy’s Landscaping performs aeration and seeding at the same time to accomplish the best outcome. When we overseed at the same time as aeration, it allows the seeds to fall into the divots dug by the aerator. This produces an improved contact between the seed and the soil. Homeowners may want to try doing the overseeding themselves, but our commercial seed is better than the product bought at a seed store. Sometimes the seed store product isn’t clean, or the manufacturer includes filler in the mix.
Applying Top Dressing after Aeration is an Excellent Step
After completing the aeration, Jeremy’s Landscaping will apply top dressing to the lawn. Top dressing is the material you add to the soil surface like compost, soil, sand, or a combination of the materials. Compost is one of the best ways to improve the soil. It is one of the most popular ways to repair an ailing lawn. Our team can use the same topsoil that we might use to start a new landscape to top-dress the aerated lawn. Sand also fills the holes and helps the soil drain better. The nutrient-rich materials add an extra healthy layer to the soil while filling in the holes to help the soil and promote better plant growth.
We’re Happy to Answer Questions and Provide Unmatched Customer Service
If you don’t know if your lawn needs aeration, our friendly and knowledgeable representatives will be happy to answer your questions. We are the horticulture authorities in and around Christiansburg, VA, Blacksburg, VA, and the surrounding areas in Southwestern Virginia. Whether it is aeration we are performing, mowing, or general lawn care, we are dedicated to providing unmatched customer service. Our team is detail-oriented, and we promise you will love the results.
Give Jeremy’s Landscaping a call at (540) 357-4986 or email at [email protected] for more information on aeration.