Running, playing, mowing, and even just walking across your lawn can lead to soil compaction. This prevents your lawn from developing a strong root system by inhibiting the absorption of air, water, and nutrients. On the surface of the soil, when heavy thatch starts to build, it further compounds the problem, leading to weak growth, more pests and diseases, and poor drainage. What can you do? Aerate your lawn. Lawn aeration gives homeowners like you across the Bayport, NY area a simple, yet effective solution.
Aeration from Lawn Doctor of Bayport-Sayville: What are the Benefits?
At Lawn Doctor of Bayport-Sayville, our process is called core aeration. With it, we use our Turf Tamer® equipment to gently core out small plugs of soil, creating holes throughout your lawn. This eases compression in the soil while reducing restrictive thatch on the surface. In addition, it enables vital resources – like air, water, and nutrients – to move easily into the root system. This allows for:
- Deeper plant roots and more efficient absorption of key essentials
- Fewer issues with insects, pests, and diseases, which like to breed and spread in surface thatch
- Greater tolerance to stress from the environment
- A healthier-looking lawn that grows in greener and lusher
If you’re not sure whether compaction is a problem, perform the screwdriver or pencil test. Take one or the other and try digging it into the ground. When it’s difficult, then compaction is likely in play.
Lawn Aeration Timing: When to Perform it & How Often
One of Lawn Doctor of Bayport-Sayville’s trained experts can evaluate your soil quality and lawn health to develop an aeration schedule personalized for your yard’s needs. Frequency depends on a number of factors, including whether you have clay soil and how much usage your lawn experiences in the form of foot and vehicle traffic. Some lawns need to be aerated annually or even several times a year for optimal health; others require aeration less often.
Generally, in terms of timing, cool-season lawns, which are prevalent in our Northeast region, should be aerated earlier in the spring or during fall. This is when soil conditions are moist and there’s less pressure from aggressive weeds. As a result, your lawn can recover faster and grow in stronger without facing competition for resources.
Ready to learn more? Call our team today at (631) 384-1977 to set up your free consultation. We provide lawn aeration services throughout Bayport and the surrounding communities, including Sayville, Patchogue, Manorville, Wading River, and Brookhaven.