In Missouri, we love our summers, and we love enjoying our summers in our outdoor spaces. But after a long summer of playing, graduations, parties, and other events, our yards can start to show signs of overuse. This comes in the form of compacted soil. When soil becomes compacted it prohibits the flow of water and air into the roots of your grass, which is vital for it to grow and stay green.
What is Core Aeration?
When soil is compact, no amount of water or fertilizer will solve the problem. At this point, the only option is to aerate your yard. Core Aeration is the process of pulling up small plugs of sod so water and air can get back into the soil and reach the roots.
The results of core aeration are almost immediate. As your grass gains access to water and has room to stretch its roots, you will notice it return to its former color and thicken up. Over time, the plugs pulled by the aeration machine will break down and feed your grass, giving it an extra boost of nutrients.
What Are the Signs of Compacted Soil?
At first glance, your grass might look like it’s just suffering from lack of water. But there are other signs that will tell you that your soil is too compact. Look for:
- Water running off the surface
- Weak or yellowing grass
- Thatch buildup
- Water pooling in areas
- Hard soil
What is Thatch?
Thatch is the layer of organic material between the dirt and your grass. As it builds up, it can prevent water from penetrating and even contribute to soil compaction. A yard with too much thatch will feel spongy or squishy when walked on.
When is the Best Time to Aerate My Lawn?
While aeration is an effective way to enhance the health and appearance of your lawn, knowing when to do it is very important. The best time to aerate your lawn will depend on what type of grass you have. The process is most effective when performed during the growing season of your grass.
Here in Missouri, the most common types of cool-season grasses are tall fescues, ryegrass, and Kentucky bluegrass. The best time to aerate cool-season grasses is in the early spring or fall. In the southern parts of the state, you may find warm-season grasses such as Bermuda and zoysiagrass, which should be aerated in the late spring.
Overseeding Your Lawn
After the aeration process is complete, your yard is primed for another great beneficial service: overseeding. Overseeding is simply the process of adding new grass seed to your existing lawn. The type of grass seed used is usually different than what your turf is currently. By mixing in new species of grass, you can make your yard more resilient against pests, weeds, drought, and disease.
Call Quality All Care for Professional Help
At Quality All Care, we have years of experience dealing with Kansas lawns and summer weeds. With our aeration and overseeding program, we can repair and improve your yard to levels you never thought possible.