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Why Your Lawn Needs Aeration

Aeration is Important for Your Lawn in Southwestern Virginia

As a homeowner, you might not know why your lawn needs aeration in Christiansburg, VA, or Southwestern Virginia. But at Jeremy’s Landscaping, LLC, we suggest aeration to all of our clients. We perform aeration to keep your lawn’s appearance looking gorgeous and healthy. Heavy thatch and compacted soil can suffocate grass by preventing nutrients, air, and water from reaching the roots. We perform aeration with a lawn aerator. The tines of the aerator punch holes in your yard, loosening up the ground and helping roots to grow. If you need to reseed your lawn for some reason, do it at the same time as aeration.


Late Spring or Early Summer is the Best Time for Aeration

Aeration and growing grass work hand-in-hand with each other. Together, they allow grass to recover as fast as possible and fill in the spots where aerator equipment uncovered the soil. Late spring or early summer is the best time to aerate warm-season grasses that are common to lawns in Christiansburg, VA. We also suggest aeration for that time in the rest of our Southwestern Virginia service area.


Jeremy’s Landscaping, LLC, Aeration Gives You a Healthy Lawn

You have probably admired your neighbor’s lawn over the years. One of the things they have probably done is aerating. Jeremy’s Landscaping, LLC’s aeration services will give you a rich and healthy lawn that you and your neighbor will certainly admire. Our intended aeration goal is to alleviate soil compaction. Compacted soul has too many solid particles in a space.


Here is What We Do During and After Aeration


We Begin by Removing Small Plugs of Soil, Turf, and Thatch

Jeremy’s Landscaping, LLC, begins aerating by removing small plugs of soil, turf, and thatch from the grass with the lawn aerator. We leave the plugs on the grass. The plugs break down over the next week or two, which returns the nutrients back to the lawn roots. Our aeration specialist will determine if over-seeding will help your lawn. Over-seeding is seeding into an existing lawn. Aeration creates the most beneficial conditions for seeding growth.


Perform Aeration and Over-Seeding at the Same Time

Our landscapers perform aeration and seeding at the same time in an effort to accomplish the best outcome. When Jeremy’s Landscaping, LLC, over-seeds at the same time as aeration, it allows the seeds to fall into the aerator divots. The combination of over-seeding and aeration produces an improved contact between the seed and the soil. Homeowners might be tempted to attempt the over-seeding by themselves, but having us do it is the better choice. Our commercial seed is better than the product you buy at a seed store. Sometimes, the seed store product isn’t clean, or the manufacturer includes filler in the mix.


Top Dressing is a Popular Way to Repair a Distressed Lawn

After our aeration technician has completed the aeration, Jeremy’s Landscaping, LLC, will apply top dressing to the lawn. Top dressing is the material that you add to the soil surface like compost, soil, sand, or a combination of the materials. Compost is one of the best ways that you can improve the soil. It is one of the most popular ways that we can repair a distressed 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 plant growth.


Do the Screwdriver Test to Confirm Your Lawn’s Compaction

It may not seem like your lawn could get compacted, but it happens easier than you may think. Vehicles or small equipment driven on lawns are more obvious offenders, but even outdoor entertaining or yard play by kids and pets can leave all or part of your lawn compacted. If you live where heavy clay soil is the norm, annual aeration is probably needed to keep your lawn from becoming thin and weak.

If your grass often looks stressed and your soil is hard to the touch or rainwater puddles up where it used to be absorbed, 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. It should slide easily. If you meet resistance, your soil is compacted, and aeration can help.

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Our Team Can Inspect Your Lawn to See if It Needs Aeration

If you have attempted the screwdriver test but still don’t know if your lawn needs aeration, we can give you an answer. Our friendly and knowledgeable representatives will be happy to answer your questions and give you a free estimate. We are the horticulture authorities in and around Christiansburg, VA; Blacksburg, VA; and the surrounding areas in Southwestern Virginia. Whether it is aeration that we are performing or mowing and general lawn care, we are dedicated to providing unmatched customer service. Our team is detail-oriented, and we promise that you will love the results.


For more information on why your lawn needs aeration, give Jeremy’s Landscaping a call at (540) 357-4986. You can also email us at [email protected]. We will provide you with the expertise to know why your lawn needs aeration.