Full-Service Lawn Aeration in Southwest Florida
At Fort Myers Pest Control, we employ the area’s top aeration specialists with access to the latest aeration technology. Though we are known for the best pest control in Fort Myers and beyond, the Fort Myers Pest Control family aims to keep your yard pest free and beautiful all year long. Aeration can keep your lawn and turf looking healthy, fresh and green throughout the dry and wet season.
What is Aeration?
To put it simply, aeration involves creating small holes throughout lawn and turf surfaces to allow fresh air, fresh water and nutrients to reach the roots of your grass. The creation of these miniscule holes allows for the roots to grow deeply with the purpose of strengthening your lawn from it’s natural foundation.
Do I Need to Aerate My Lawn?
Every year, Southwest Florida experiences a variety of weather phenomena that may lead to soil compaction. When soil is compacted, soild particles group together and prevents proper circulation of air, water and nutrients. When compaction occurs, the roots of your lawn and turf do not receive the essential elements necessary for growth and health.
You will know if your lawn or turf needs aeration if:
- Your yard is heavily used by children or pets.The constant traffic in areas of your yard will cause “patchy” spots and will not regrow new grass.
- Was established as part of a new of a newly constructed home. When a new home is built, the topsoil of the lawn is stripped or buried by construction traffic.
- Your lawn or turf dries out easily and/or has a spongy feel. This may be the result of an excessive thatch issue. To test, take a shovel and remove an area of your sod approximately 4 inches deep. If the thatch layer is more than one-half inch, you need aeration to ensure the health of your lawn or turf.
- A soil layering exists. Soil layering is apparent when your lawn or turf consists of a finer texture. This occurs when imported sod is layered over pre-existing coarse soil. To put it simply, this type of layering disrupts drainage and creates compacted soil with poor root development.
When Do I Need To Aerate My Lawn?
In Florida, the best time to aerate your lawn is during the prime growing season—the rainy season. In Florida, the rainy season occurs during the months of May through October. It is then that that your lawn and turf will fill in open areas after aeration soil plugs are removed.
How Does The Aeration Process Work?
Fort Myers Pest Control utilizes the two main aerating tools; a spike aerator and a plug aerator. Spike aeration involves a tool that is used to poke holes into the ground. Plug aerators remove a core or a plug of grass from your lawn or turf.. The most visible results occur when an aerating tool or machine is used to remove plugs of soil. This tool will remove soil plugs 2-3 inches deep and 0.5-0.75 inches in diameter, just 2-3 inches apart to induce growth at the root.
After aerating, it’s important to continue basic lawn care practices such as proper fertilizing, mowing and watering. The best way to maintain a beautiful lawn or turf area is to aerate and maintain!