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Let Your Lawn Breath By Aerating It

Posted by San Diego Landscaper on Wednesday, 30 March , 2016
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We’re all familiar with the importance of fertilizing, mowing and watering our lawns. Another key component to keeping our lawns healthy and looking good is aerating. Just as with fertilizing and mowing, specific timing is needed for your lawn to reap its full benefits.



Simply put, aeration is puncturing through the compacted soil in your lawn with small holes that will allow water, air and nutrients to reach the grass roots. Without aeration, your lawn is at risk of being suffocated by heavy organic debris just under the grass.

Lawns need aerating if they:

  • Receive heavy foot traffic
  • Dry out quickly
  • Were started by sod (sod comes with a thin layer of soil that is layered over existing soil when it’s installed; this form of layering hinders proper drainage)



Before aerating, you’ll need to know what type of grass you have. This is important because there are warm-season and cool-season grasses.

Warm-season grasses, those that need to be aerated in late spring or early summer, include:

  • Bahia
  • Bermuda
  • Buffalo
  • Centipede
  • St. Augustine
  • Zoysia

Cool-season grasses need to be aerated in the fall. These grasses include:

  • Tall Fescue
  • Rye
  • Kentucky Bluegrass



In addition to knowing the right time of year to aerate your lawn, you’ll also do well to remember these tips:

  • Aerate just before you fertilize or reseed your lawn
  • If your lawn has been newly planted, wait at least a year before you aerate so that the grass roots are well established
  • Never aerate during spells of drought as you’ll lawn will experience serious stress
  • Make sure weeds have been brought under control before aerating because the process can actually spread the weed seeds.



Like you, we want your lawn to be as healthy and good looking as possible. If you need help with aerating your lawn or even identifying your lawn so that we can help you put a plan of action in place, we encourage you to contact us at Juniper Landscape Company today at (619) 334-9464.

Juniper Landscape Company is a provider of professional landscaping services in San Diego, we strive to make San Diego a beautiful place by doing business with integrity and creativity.


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