Tips to Know When to Aerate Your Yard

Caring for your lawn involves several processes and steps. One of the most important processes involved in caring for your lawn involves aerating it. Lawn aeration requires knowledge of the kind of turf being worked with and knowledge of timing the aeration right. 

According to experts, knowing the kind of grass to be aerated is very important. There are numerous kinds of grass, all with different aerating needs. The grasses that can be encountered in a lawn include Bahia, Bermuda, Centipede, Buffalo, St. Augustine, and Zoysia. Lawn aeration tips often suggest aerating these grasses during the warmer seasons of the year, such as the latter part of spring or early in the summer. Other grasses that make up lawns, such as Bluegrass, Bentgrass, Fescue, and Ryegrass should be aerated in autumn. A lot of North Carolina grass is Fescue, so folks in Gastonia, Charlotte, Hickory, Mooresville, etc should be looking to aerate their lawns soon.

Other experts offering lawn aeration tips indicate that the soil should also determine when to aerate. Soil made of clay needs aeration annually, whereas sand only requires aeration in alternating years (though it is still possible to aerate sand annually without causing a problem). The overall environment will determine how often aeration should be done. Soil in very dry climates will do better if aerated twice annually. 

The tools that are needed for aerating a lawn include a plug and spike aerator. It is not necessary for homeowners to buy these tools if they do not already have them, however, especially since they will often only be used at most once or twice a year. It makes perfect sense to look into lawn aeration rentals for this job. Lawn aeration rentals are offered by many distributors, such as Gaston Rentals with 4 store locations in Gastonia, Hickory, Mooresville and Shelby, but it is a good idea to get them from an expert who provides quality tools. Another option is to rent a lawn aerator, which is a machine that can be used like a lawn mower, letting air, fertilizer, and moisture get into the soil more easily. Those who want to rent a walk-behind lawn aerator should be sure to check with the professionals about the proper way to use the equipment and the safety accessories needed.

If you have questions about lawn aeration, please contact us at anytime!