Now that it’s fall, it’s time to start thinking about prepping your lawn for the harsh Canadian winters. Fall fertilization benefits your turf, and just like fertilization, aerating your lawn in the fall has its benefits as well. Aeration doesn’t only help your lawn in the spring; it also benefits it in the fall. All the fall preparation you’re doing needs a way to reach the soil and aeration is your best bet in ensuring all your hard work doesn’t go to waste.
What is Aeration?
Before we can discuss the benefits, we need to know what exactly aeration is! Aeration is a naturally occurring process of air exchange between the soil and surrounding atmosphere. In the lawn care business when we refer to aeration or core aeration, we are talking about the process of mechanically removing plugs from the lawn that are a buildup of thatch and soil. The build-up of lawn thatch makes it difficult for your lawn to breathe, can hold excess water, leading to reduced oxygen reaching turf roots. It can also increase pest problems by harbouring disease-causing organisms and insects.
Your lawn benefits significantly from aeration and helps to reduce the maintenance your lawn requires. Whether you’re aerating in the spring or the fall, both will be hugely beneficial to your lawn. Some of the key benefits of aeration are stronger grassroots, reduced puddling or water runoff, and an improved air exchange between the soil. There are also long-term benefits that come from aeration, such as your lawn becoming less susceptible to disease and thatch build up.
Why Should I Aerate my Lawn in the Fall?
For most Canadians, the two best times your lawn will benefit from aeration is spring and fall. During the fall, your lawn is preparing for winter, which means it’s enhancing its roots. Aerating your lawn will help your lawn to increase root growth and allows your lawn to breath and minimize thatch build up but also to improve your seed to soil contact. This becomes especially beneficial when applying fall fertilizer to your lawn. Aerating your lawn will help contribute to a fuller and thicker lawn in the spring, giving you more time to enjoy a greener lawn throughout the summer.
Aerating your lawn is beneficial in so many ways and will have you enjoying a green lawn next spring. To defend your lawn against the harsh Canadian winter, aerate your lawn in the fall, or you can save yourself the trouble by giving us a call today and prepare your turf for next season.