From backyard barbecues in the summer to games of tag football in the fall, your lawn is where you and your family relax and unwind. But did you know that heavy foot traffic can also lead to soil compaction and thatch build-up? And when it does, it can result in weak growth and standing water. The good news is that with lawn aeration from the Winchester area experts at Lawn Doctor of Berkeley-Jefferson Counties, we can cut down on compaction and thatch so air, water, and nutrients can penetrate deep into your soil. You’ll see beautiful results for yourself in the weeks and months after aeration.
How Aeration Restores Your Lawn’s Health
There are two approaches to lawn aeration in the Winchester area: spike aeration and core aeration. Spike aeration uses spikes on a roller to perforate your lawn, while core aeration uses an aeration machine to remove small plugs of soil, grass, and thatch. This approach is more effective at breaking up thatch and compressed soil, which can be suffocating roots. That’s why Lawn Doctor of Berkeley-Jefferson Counties relies on it. With it, your lawn will benefit from:
- Stronger, deeper roots
- More efficient water, heat, and nutrient absorption
- Improved tolerance of environmental stressors, such as drought
- A better looking, healthier lawn
Common Signs of Soil Compaction
There are a variety of red flags Winchester area homeowners can look for that indicate the need for lawn aeration. These include pooling water that doesn’t get absorbed, weak or stunted growth, thinning or bald areas in your lawn, and rock-hard soil that’s difficult to drive a screwdriver or shovel into. Other factors that make your lawn a good candidate for compaction include if you have clay soil or if you regularly park vehicles on your lawn.
Consider Timing Before Aerating
As aeration experts in the Winchester area, Lawn Doctor of Berkeley-Jefferson Counties knows before you aerate, it’s important to consider timing and lawn growth cycles. For instance, if you have warm season grass, which actively grows in summer, then aerate just prior – in the late spring. However, for cool season grass, aerate in the fall or early spring. When you time aeration correctly, grass can fill in the holes left behind by aeration faster.
Why Turn to the Winchester Area’s Aeration Experts?
With Lawn Doctor of Berkeley-Jefferson Counties, not only can we make the aeration process easy for you, but we can combine it with overseeding to deliver the best results. Aerating is actually the perfect time to seed since you’ll get superior seed-to-soil contact. By combining overseeding with aeration, you’ll see thicker turf while hindering weed growth and unwanted grass types.
Connect with your Winchester area lawn service experts today by calling: 304-263-1966 in West Virginia, 540-665-1990 in Virginia, 301-739-5299 in Maryland, or you can reach any of our offices toll free at 1-866-263-1966. We provide lawn aeration services to customers in Winchester, as well as Martinsburg, Hagerstown, Charles Town, Stephens City, Berkeley County, and Jefferson County.