Core aeration is a great way to reinvigorate your lawn and prepare your grass to tackle the more intense seasons throughout the year. Aeration is the process of loosening compacted soil on your lawn to create pathways for nutrients and other resources to reach the roots of your grass. If you live in the Calgary, AB area, then it’s recommended to aerate your lawn twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall, because of the heavy clay-based soils that are common here. Both seasons offer the ideal temperatures for cool-season grasses to thrive, meaning they’re the best times to strengthen your grass and encourage new growth. Spring is a good time to schedule aeration because it will make your lawn strong enough to deal with the heat of summer while fall aeration will help your lawn access nutrients to survive the winter. Keep reading to learn why you should aerate your lawn in spring and fall this year!

What is core aeration, and what is its purpose?

Core aerator machine in lawn in Bearspaw, AB.

To begin, core aeration is the process of poking holes in your lawn using a machine called an aerator. The purpose of this process is to loosen compacted soil on your property and to create passageways to make it easier for nutrients and other essential resources to reach the roots of your grass. When the roots of your grass have access to these nutrients and resources, it will make your grass stronger and better able to withstand any stressors.

There will be cores of soil left on your lawn from the aeration process. These cores will decompose and return nutrients to your soil!

The Benefits of Spring Aeration

Spring aeration benefits your lawn by strengthening your grass and stimulating new growth after it emerges from winter dormancy. This is important because your lawn will need the extra strength to survive the hot summer weather. Summer can take a toll on the cool-season grasses found here in the Calgary, AB area, so your grass will need some extra help to endure the heat. Aerating your lawn in spring will open those passageways in your soil so your grass can receive the nutrients and resources it needs to strengthen its roots and boost your lawn’s stress tolerance.

The Benefits of Fall Aeration

There are also several benefits when you choose to aerate your lawn in the fall. Aeration will help strengthen your grass to prepare for the harsh winter months. In winter, your grass falls into dormancy to conserve nutrients so it can survive. You need to prepare your lawn for this hibernation period, and the best way to do that is by scheduling an aeration service. You need to open those passageways for your grass so it can get the resources and nutrients it needs to establish strong roots and stimulate its growth. You should aim to have aeration done earlier in the fall so you allow enough time for your grass to grow stronger before winter.

Need to aerate your lawn? Call us today to schedule our aeration service!

Aeration holes in lawn in Signal Hill, AB.

Aerating your lawn in spring and fall is a great way to keep your lawn strong year-round so that it can tackle those harsher periods throughout the year. At Prestige Outdoor Services, we offer our core aeration service in both the spring and fall. We recommend scheduling this service twice a year to ensure the roots of your grass always have access to the nutrients and resources that they need. We service commercial, HOA, and residential properties in Calgary, AB, and surrounding cities like Airdrie and Chestermere. Call us today at (403) 250-8464 to schedule our aeration service!