How often you aerate your lawn can depend on many factors, especially the soil in your area. In areas like Georgia, the soil contains a lot of clay. This type of soil becomes easily compacted due to small pores and can seem like it is made of bricks after a long, hot summer. When pores are notoriously small, the soil cannot get the nourishment it needs – even with proper water and fertilization. Yards with high-traffic areas also can become compacted more quickly due to the foot traffic. In these situations, the soil needs to be loosened while avoiding extreme damage to the lawn. This means you need to aerate your lawn.
How to Know if Your Lawn Needs Aeration
Many people aerate every year, once per year, and that works well for most. If you are not sure, here is a tip on how to determine if your lawn needs aerating:
- Wait 5 days after a rain
- Poke a Phillips head screwdriver into the soil
- If the screwdriver easily penetrates only one inch into the soil – it’s time to aerate!
When is the Best Time To Aerate Your Lawn
The best time to aerate your lawn is just before the grass begins to grow rapidly. When your grass is in its peak growing period, it can recover more quickly after aerating. So, consider times when your grass has the most growth. This will vary, depending on the type of grass