Aeration For Warm Season Grasses

Aeration, a process involving the mechanical extraction of small plugs of soil and thatch from the lawn, serves to enhance the growth of the turf. Thatch, the layer of deceased turfgrass situated between the green vegetation and the soil surface, necessitates removal to maintain the health of the lawn. It is worth noting that a thin layer of thatch is desirable as it provides insulation to the grass against extreme temperatures of both heat and cold.

Aeration is a powerful process that not only breaks up compacted Georgia clay soil, but also allows air, water, and nutrients to efficiently reach the root system. This is especially beneficial for Warm Season Turfgrass, like Bermuda and Zoysia, which have both above and below ground root systems. Through aeration, the turf is encouraged to spread and thicken as new growth sprouts from the roots that are cut during the process. Experience the transformation as your lawn becomes lusher and more vibrant.

  1. Enhances water, fertilizer, and oxygen penetration for a healthier lawn
  2. Reduces water runoff
  3. Reduces soil compaction
  4. Improves grass roots
  5. Thickens the lawn

Why should I aerate my lawn?

Over time, with regular aerations, your lawn will exhibit improved resilience against heat and drought. Well-maintained lawns that undergo regular aeration will not only be healthier and more robust, but also easier to upkeep and less prone to pest issues compared to neglected lawns.

When should lawns be aerated?

For optimal results, it is recommended to aerate Warm Season grasses like Bermuda and Zoysia during the spring months, specifically from April through June. Lawn aeration should be a yearly practice in order to enhance the overall health of your lawn. Lawns that experience heavy foot traffic or consist of heavy clay soil should consider aerating more frequently, ideally 1-2 times a year.

What to expect

Once your lawn undergoes aeration, you'll notice small plugs covering the grass. But fear not, within a week or two, these plugs will naturally break apart and vanish, leaving your lawn looking even more vibrant and lush.