Watering Lawn After Aeration
How Long Should You Wait?
September 9, 2021
When you aerate your soil, hundreds of small holes are jabbed into your lawn, often pulling out plugs of soil. This process is integral for your lawn care, and it’s not just another thing on your to-do list. This task is relatively easy if you have the right tools, but there are some things you need to think about after you finish. How long should you wait for watering your lawn after aeration? Read on to find out.
The Importance of Aeration
Aeration loosens compacted soil. When soil is compacted, the granules are so tightly packed together making it hard for water, the roots of grass, and air to get in. Air, in particular, is essential because, without it, organisms like earthworms can’t thrive to recycle nutrients and keep the ground healthy. And while grass might not be able to thrive in compacted soil, weeds can.
Another reason to aerate: it makes lawn treatments like fertilization and reseeding more effective.
You can maximize your aeration efforts by overseeding at the same time. The holes produced in the soil provide the perfect nesting spot for seeds. Fall is a great time to do this so the seeds are more established come springtime when you really want to see the results.
Watering Your Lawn After Aeration
First things first, it’s helpful to water your lawn the night before you aerate so that it loosens up the soil. You should not water the day of because your lawn won’t have time to absorb the water.
The goal after aeration is to keep your lawn moist without oversaturating the soil. So, you should evaluate the soil after you finish. This might mean watering every day for two weeks, but only doing it for short periods of time, which is different than what we recommend other times of the year. Be sure not to overwater, as this can cause the soil to shift, potentially negating your hard work!
For Aeration and Seeding Help, Call Green Lawn Fertilizing.
The friendly lawn-care professionals at Green Lawn Fertilizing are here year-round to help you properly aerate your PA, NJ or DE lawn. If you notice bare patches, puddles, or excess thatch, don’t hesitate to contact us today at 888-581-5296 for a free consultation to get your lawn on the road to recovery.