Lawn Aerating Service
How do you know when your lawn might need to be aerated? There are a few warning signs: worn out patches from walking, water puddles, and excessive runoff. In Bethesda, the general time that's best for aeration is early fall or spring.
Ahhh, the dreaded lawn thatch. If left untreated, it builds and builds, until, one day, your grass can no longer breathe! Here’s where we come in: when we aerate your lawn, we’ll pull 2 to 3 inch plugs out of your lawn to create air flow beneath the surface. It doesn’t need to be done often, but when it does need to be done, it’s best to get it taken care of quickly. Again, you can do this yourself, but since simply poking holes in your lawn is not the most effective method, let us take care of it and your grass will be catching its breath in no time.
Here's how it works:
The first thing to remember is the reason you should aerate your grass so you have the right objective in mind throughout. Soil gets compacted over time, which can restrict water flow to the grass's roots. So really what you're doing is giving those roots an easier lifeline to the water flow. This in turn reduces weeds and water runoff.
There are two main methods of aeration: plug and spike aeration. While spike aeration simply pokes holes in the soil, plug aeration is much more effective. However, if your only option is to spike aerate, it's better than nothing. Just make sure you're not compacting the soil even more, which can be an unintended consequence of using spiked aerator sandals.
Make sure your grass was recently wet, but not overly so. Overly dry or wet grass does not make for easy or smooth aeration.
Otherwise, you're going to want to have an aerator set to 3 inch plugs, and make 2 passes in different directions so you end up with evenly spaced holes about 3 to 4 inches apart.
If you don't have an aerator, you can rent one (or hire us). Afterwards, you can leave the plugs to dry and break down on top of the grass. Doing so will give your grass some extra nutrients. At this point you may also want to fertilize (we can help with that too). But that's what it comes down to.
If you want to take care of this yourself, more power to you. But if you'd like to let us worry about it and figure it out, give us a call.
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