Homeowners in Texas have different types of turfgrasses.
We see a mix of both warm-season and cool-season lawns in this area. Some homes have both types of grass on the same property. That is why it is important to select a lawn care company that is skilled in aeration for your type of lawn.
Aeration is also called core aeration. This is an important service for all lawn varieties (both warm and cool). Aeration is the process of perforating the soil, by removing a core or small plugs of soil and depositing that core on the surface to break down. The aeration process also helps to remove any thatch layer that might exist, although some lawns may still require dethatching.
Warm-season grasses such as Bermuda and Zoysia should be aerated after they have fully returned from dormancy and are in their peak growing season. The timing of this depends on location but in the North Dallas, TX area it typically occurs between late June-August. Warm-season turf does not require overseeding.
Cool-season grasses should be aerated in the early fall-late fall when you overseed. In Texas, we usually begin this process right after Labor Day.
Benefits of Aeration for Your Lawn
Aerating your lawn allows water, air, and fertilizer to penetrate all the way down to the root zone. This in turn supports root growth, by allowing the roots to grow deeper, creating a more healthy and thicker lawn.
Lawn aeration reduces the chances of having thatch buildup. Thatch makes it harder for your lawn to absorb water and nutrients. It also makes it more susceptible to disease.
Reduces soil compaction, creating more channels for water, air, and nutrients to travel through. Just like humans, your grass needs water, oxygen, and food to thrive.
Creates the optimal environment for seeding. The new seed has the opportunity to embed into the soil, absorbing nutrients so that it can sprout lush, green grass.