The Best Time to Aerate Your Lawn

Many people wonder, “What is the best time to aerate my lawn?” Typically, in Virginia, the best time to aerate your cool-season/Tall Fescue lawn is between the last week of August until the first of November. This is the time when soil temperatures are at optimal conditions for Tall Fescue seeds to germinate.

Fall aeration helps release soil compaction, allows air circulation through the soil, improves rooting, and increases the activity of microorganisms that decompose thatch. Aeration also provides better soil-to-seed contact for new growth. Virginia Green does a double core aeration (going over the lawn twice) which helps with pulling more cores, fixes thin areas, and puts down a proprietary, weed-free seed for optimum growth.

If you have a warm-season lawn, it’s recommended you wait to aerate your lawn until late May or June. Aeration only is done for warm-season lawns—seeding is not needed. Aerating your lawn is best during these months because this is when your warm-season turf first comes out of dormancy and is actively growing. Aeration helps thicken your lawn’s turf and helps your lawn look great for the summer.

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