“Aeration is critical in the spring since root growth tends to accelerate at this time of year. Turf also grows very quickly during the April-June period, so it makes sense to aerate since turf roots need oxygen and nutrients that aeration can facilitate.” – Tony Hahn, Landscape Care Consultant with Swingle
Aeration is an essential part of keeping your lawn healthy throughout the year. Clay soils are predominant in most areas of the front range. These soils by nature are low-oxygen soils, so aeration reincorporates oxygen into the root zone.
Aeration is typically done twice during the season (early spring and fall) and provides your lawn with the following benefits:
- Controls thatch
- Improves soil structure
- Creates growth pockets for new roots
- Maximizes water and fertilizer absorption
Because we also design and install sprinkler systems, Swingle understands the importance of locating existing sprinkler heads before beginning your aeration and ultimately working around them. If for some reason a sprinkler head is damaged during service, our dedicated team of professionals will repair or replacement it at no additional change.
Why a fall aeration is important
After a long, hot and dry summer, your lawn needs some time to breathe. A fall aeration removes finger-sized plugs from your lawn – loosening compact soil and allowing nutrients, water and oxygen to penetrate the root system.
During the summer, your lawn is also stressed, which leads to thinning areas on your lawn. Overseeding in the early fall helps to reestablish your lawn before winter dormancy – ensuring you’ll have a full, lush lawn come the spring.
Following an aeration, do not remove the plugs from the lawn. While they can be unsightly, it’s best to let them dry out and then mulch them back into the lawn when mowed.