Aerating your lawn is an important and necessary step if you want to maintain a healthy, green lawn. There are many aeration tools that can be used for this process – aerators, aerator shoes, or even a rake with tines on the end. However, when should you aerate your lawn? This article will cover the best time to aerate your lawn in the Northeast!
What is aeration?
Aeration is the process of aerating or breaking up thatch and compacted soil in your lawn. This helps to improve drainage, reduce weed growth, and provides more air space for roots.
The best time to aerate your lawn in the Northeast is usually April through June or September through November when it’s cooler outside! If you aerate during warmer months, this can actually make a lot of grass die off because there won’t be as much moisture present due to heat stress. However, if you do aerate then water thoroughly after heavy rainstorms so the dead cells don’t dry out which will cause brown patches on your yard. You should also fertilize with slow-release fertilizer soon after aerating to help give nutrients.
When you should aerate your lawn
You should aerate your lawn when it’s dry. You don’t want to aerate your lawn when the ground is too wet because this will make the soil soft, muddy and unworkable!
- Aerate in cooler months to avoid heat stress on grass
- Aerate before fertilizing so that fertilizer can be long lasting
- Aeration should take place after rains or irrigation; avoid if there are heavy rainstorms coming soon
- Aerates also helps remove problematic weeds like crabgrass and dandelions by loosening up compacted soil around roots’ edges which makes them easier to pull out of the ground with a weed wrench. This prevents future infestations where they’ll just come back stronger next year without regular maintenance.
Why it’s important to aerate your lawn
It is important to aerate your lawn in the Northeast because aeration helps to keep soil and roots healthy. It’s also important for the aeration process to aerate before fertilizing so that fertilizer can be long-lasting.
Start by using a rose, or some other device that has two prongs on one end with three points on each side of those at about an inch apart from each other then step down into the lawn about 12 inches where you’ll find clusters of weed plants and poke them out.”
“Aerate after rains or irrigation; avoid if there are heavy rainstorms coming soon”. Aerating post-rain absorbs nutrients better than aerating pre-rain, which could lead to unhealthy levels of nitrogen uptake which will cause excessive growth when water is abundant.
How much does it cost for a home-use machine, and how often do I need to use it
The for using an aeration machine for a home lawn is about $600. The aerator can be used once every two weeks or twice per month, depending on the size of your yard and how fast you want to aerate it.
“After aerating, grass will grow at an accelerated rate.”
A good rule for deciding when to aerate again is this: if water pools in any areas after heavy rainstorms (more than half-inch), then aeration should be done within one week of that event; otherwise wait until the next “growth period”.
For best results, we recommend using an aeration machine before rains or irrigation.
It’s not recommended to use machines with spikes because they are more likely to tear up turfgrass roots which could lead to unhealthy levels.
Steps on how to aerate the lawn at home
How to aerate your lawn at home:
Aerating machines with spikes should not be used because they are more likely to tear up turfgrass roots which could lead to unhealthy levels.
Aerate before rains or irrigation for best results.
A good rule is if water pools in any areas after heavy rainstorms (more than half-inch), then aeration should be done within one week of that event; otherwise, wait until the next “growth period”.
For the steps on how to aerate your lawn at home, please see our blog post.
The benefits of aerating include better drainage, increased air circulation, and faster growth rates. Aerated soils will retain moisture longer as well. However, there are a few drawbacks including tearing up grass root systems so it’s important not to overdo it.
Common myths about when you should aerate the lawn in northeast (eastern) USA and why they’re false
Myths surrounding lawn aeration include:
- aerating in the fall will “kill” grass
- aeration causes lawns to turn brown or yellow
The truth is that aeration can be done at any time of year and it’s actually best if done when soils are warm. This way, turf roots grow better and absorb more water from the soil resulting in a healthier overall lawn. Aerating does not cause lawns to become dry or die – rather, aerated soils retain moisture longer; aerate too often though (every month) and you’ll notice an increase in weeds as well. If you are eager for new growth but just don’t have time to do so yourself, you can contact a local landscaper to do it for you.