Aerating your yard in the spring can give your lawn that extra jump after coming out of winter dormancy.  Aeration simply put is removing plugs from your yard to allow for better water and air penetration into the soil. This in turn helps the turf develop a deeper root system and helps in water run-off too. When it comes to aerating your yard, a lot of people consider doing this in the fall. Spring is also a good time to consider aerating your yard. Timing is the key if you plan on putting down a pre-emergent or controlling weeds. We suggest aerating in the spring in late April or early may. This is the middle window after crab grass treatment and late spring weed control.

Spring has always been known to be a rainy season around St. Louis. Like they say, “April showers bring May`s flowers.” Spring aerating can help to control the water run-off, if your lawn has a tendency to have standing water.  Your probably wondering by now, well how do I know if my yard needs aerating? A good way to tell is look for standing water and also take a screwdriver and push it into the ground. If the screwdriver goes into the ground easily, without pounding it, is a good sign your yard isn`t compacted.  Another way to tell is dig a small patch of you yard up and see how deep the roots are. Make sure you dig down about 4”-5” to get a good view of the root system. If the roots on your yard are only 1”-2” deep, this is a sign that root system is developing strong, deep roots.

Remember to water your yard a day or two before aerating, this helps the tines get a deeper penetration when aerating. You want a moist yard but not a wet, soppy yard when aerating. Remember not to aerate freshly laid sod or newly seeded areas for about 6 months to allow the turf to get settled in. Try to avoid using any weed control after immediately aerating as the treatment can hurt the existing root system of your yard. Aeration of your yard can be done by most homeowners. If you need any help with it though, we provide core aerating service. I would be more than glad to come out and take a look at your yard. And as always, estimates are free.



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