With ample early rainfall and summer temperatures here, it’s a great time to aerate a bermudagrass or zoysiagrass lawn in Oklahoma. The root system on these warm season grasses is very active during the warmth of summer, so roots will absorb oxygen from the soil efficiently and new turf roots will grow into the new holes in the soil created by the aeration equipment. Our service will remove thousands of small soil plug about 3.4” wide by 2” deep, and deposit them on the surface.
These plugs are produced by an aerator machine, which allows water and fertilizer to penetrate deeper into the soil. The soil plugs that are left behind break down naturally and disappear back into the lawn after a few rainfalls. The soil microbes that the cores contain will break down thatch, so make sure you don’t rake them up as it’s another benefit of lawn aeration.
Aeration provides several great benefits to the health of your turf:
- Lessens soil compaction and allows better absorption of oxygen by the root system
- Promotes the growth of a denser root system
- Allows water to more easily penetrate into the soil preventing runoff
- Deposits fresh soil micro-organisms on top of the turf aiding in the decomposition of thatch
Many golf courses aerate their fairways at least once annually. While this may not fit into the budget of some homeowners, we’d recommend at least every two or three years to aerate your lawn. At LawnAmerica, we provide this service from June through September. Cool season turf, such as Fescue is best aerated in fall, in conjunction with fall fescue seeding. In this case, we go over the lawn twice with the aeration equipment, which with all the loose soil provided, really helps with seed germination.
Contact LawnAmerica to get your summer aeration scheduled.