Summer is quickly approaching in the greater Atlanta area and it’s time to consider Spring Aeration. Aeration for warm-season grasses like Bermuda and Zoysia is highly recommended every spring for the best results. However, like with many maintenance practices in lawn care, timing is key. When is the best time to aerate your Atlanta lawn? How soon is too soon? Let us break it down.
What Does Aeration Do?
As we know, core aeration is the act of perforating the lawn with a machine that pulls small plugs from the soil onto the lawn. These holes better allow nutrients, water, and oxygen to reach the root systems. As a result, it can improve density, growth, thickness and the overall health of your lawn. Plus, a dense lawn means a thicker barrier for weeds to breakthrough!
When Should I Aerate My Lawn?
Following advice from the University of Georgia’s Bermuda Lawn Calendar, the best time to aerate is May-August. Once the lawn is fully greened-up and ready for Summer, aeration is a great idea. Late April is noted as a possible month as well if temperatures are high enough. The best rule of thumb when scheduling lawn aeration is that the lawn has required 1-2 cuttings.
Can I Aerate my Lawn Too Early?
Aerating too soon, without active growth in the lawn, could delay the holes to refill. As a result, aeration holes could become a site for summer weeds to germinate. The best practice for Spring Aeration is to wait until May.
You can rest easy knowing you can call on the professionals at All Turf Lawn Care to handle your Spring Aeration. We aerate each year through the month of May to make sure your lawn is getting the most benefit from Aeration. Currently, we offer aeration to current customers enrolled in one of our lawn care programs. Give us a call for a quote today!