If your lawn is not as thick and lush as you would like it to be, consider having it aerated.
Lawn soil becomes compacted by age, weeds, pests, and standing water. Aeration loosens the soil, allowing air, water, and nutrients to reach the roots of the grass. Earthworms and other organisms that encourage grass growth can also move about more freely in loose soil. As a result, your lawn is naturally fertilized and pests are better kept at bay.
Aeration also helps fight weed growth, as it breaks up the roots of weeds. And, when you have a healthy lawn as a result of aeration the lawn is better able to fight off weeds in the long run.
Unsure if your lawn needs aeration? Try this simple trick:
Grab a stick and push it into your lawn. If the soil is difficult to penetrate with the stick, it’s time to aerate. Also, keep in mind that if you have clay soil or your lawn is typically dry, you’ll need to aerate more frequently.
If you have your lawn aerated, we recommend coupling the aeration with over-seeding. Doing so means that new grass seeds can go in the newly-created core aeration holes, giving the seeds protection and soil to germinate in. If you prefer, you can do the seeding yourself after we have completed our aeration work. Of course, we are happy to seed for you as well!
Aeration is typically done in the late summer or early fall. Fall is the best time to grow grass in Maine, so it is also a great time for aeration and over-seeding.