Why Fall is the Best Time for Lawn Aeration

Posted on October 18, 2019

Believe it or not, fall is the best time for aerating your lawn. Whether you tackle this on your own or call your local landscaper in Newton, Cataldo Landscaping, now is the time for some serious lawn care before the snow settles in. By doing so, you’ll be taking the steps towards a lush, green spring lawn. Here are a few best practices when aerating this weekend!



Before we begin, we’d like to precaution homeowners that not all lawns are ready for aeration. For example, if you recently seeded or laid down sod, holding off on aerating until the spring, or even next fall, is best until the root system is fully established.
However, if you’re ready to go, let’s do it! First, you’ll want to be sure to thoroughly water your lawn a few days ahead. With the recent rainfall, this weekend will provide the perfect level of soil moisture. By having moist soil, you’re creating an environment for the aerator to efficiently penetrate the surface.


Selecting the right tool

When it concerns selecting an aeration tool, there’s no right or wrong. Personal preference and the amount of lawn being tackled are what the selection comes down to. For example, if you have a small area to cover, a hand aerator may be the perfect solution. However, if you’re attempting to aerate a large yard, electric or push aerators will be the better choice. With a variety of makes and models available to consumers, you can be confident that you’ll be able to find the perfect tool for your needs.


Going to work

Now that your lawn is watered and aerator is in hand, it’s time to get to work. You’ll want to be sure to cover the entire yard in a predetermined pattern to avoid repeat aeration. Covering a specific area only once is imperative in preventing damage to the root system. Once you’ve covered you’re lawn; you’ll have the optimal surface for seeding and fall fertilizer.



For more information on how to ensure you’ll have a healthy, lush lawn next spring, contact the team at Cataldo Landscaping. We offer premier masonry and landscaping to Newton and surrounding Massachusetts towns. Schedule your consultation today at (781) 762-7080.