As summer begins to wind down here in Virginia, it’s time to start thinking about fall lawn care. Virginia summers can be harsh on even the healthiest lawns as soil compaction, drought, and high heat can cause stress, damage, and fatigue. If your grass shows bare patches and is spongy in certain areas, you may have compacted soil.
What is Compacted Soil?
Compacted soil is essentially a build-up of thatch, or layer of grass clippings and organic matter that form a barrier at the base of your turf. It reduces the rate of both water infiltration and drainage preventing nutrients and water from getting to and from your grassroots. This will cause your grass to become malnourished and dehydrated. Weakening, over time, it will die.
Signs You Have Compacted Soil
- Spongy grass
- Water runs off or pools in areas of your yard.
- Bare or patchy areas of grass
- Stunted growth of plants
- Hard soil – Test your soil by sticking a screwdriver into the ground. If it’s dry and does not easily penetrate, your soil is probably compacted.
The best way to combat compacted soil is through a process called core aeration.
What is Core Aeration?
Core aeration uses a machine to perforate small holes in your soil, pulling up hundreds of tiny plugs to redistribute the turf across your lawn. Doing this allows the much-needed water and nutrients to penetrate the roots of your grass. This can be done by poking holes in your yard with special boots or a sharp stick. For much better results, core aeration provided by a professional lawn care company such as Nuleaf is highly recommended.
What are the Benefits of Lawn Aeration?
- Breaks down the thatch build-up that is blocking your roots from absorbing the essential water and nutrients
- Reduces soil compaction
- Promotes stronger roots
- Improves water and fertilizer intake
- Eliminates water runoff and puddling
- Improves your lawn’s resistance to drought
When is the Best Time to Aerate?
Aerating a lawn, should be done once a year or, at least, once every other year. It should only be done during the growing season for your grass, as this will allow your lawn to recover quickly after the service.
The Benefits of Overseeding Your Lawn
After aerating your lawn, it is primed and ready for overseeding. Overseeding introduces new types of grass seed to the existing turf with other grass strains. It’s many purposes include:
- To fill in any bare areas
- To create thicker grass and prevent weeds
- Thicker grass to prevent weeds
- Fend off pests, drought, and disease
- Enhance appearance and color
Professional Help From Nuleaf
NuLeafs’s aeration and overseeding services can help you maintain a healthy, vibrant, dark green lawn. First, we will test your soil to determine the cause of your lawn’s deterioration. We will then devise a customized resolution appropriate for your type of grass, location, and specific problems.