Core aeration is a key service that greatly benefits your lawn. It opens passageways in your soil to allow nutrients and resources to easily reach the roots of your grass. But when is the best time to aerate your lawn? Well, that question has multiple answers if you live in Virginia. Because of the weather here, both warm-season grasses and cool-season grasses can thrive. If you have warm-season grass, like Bermuda or zoysia grass, then you should aim to aerate your lawn in the spring. While cool-season grass, like fescue, should be aerated in the fall when temperatures are cooler. It’s also important to hire a professional lawn care company to aerate your lawn because they can tell if your lawn may need multiple passes because of thatch buildup. Continue reading to learn more information about aerating your lawn in Virginia.


Aerate your lawn in the spring if you have warm-season grass.

Meadow worker aerating lawn in Carrollton, VA.

Warm-season grasses grow when the weather is warmer, meaning they thrive in temperatures anywhere between 75 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. So, you should hold off on aeration until the conditions are just right for your lawn. Aerate your lawn in spring after the temperatures have started to rise—ideally between April and May. Aerating your lawn at this time will benefit your warm-season grass greatly as it prepares to go into its growing season. The roots of your grass will have easy access to the nutrients and resources they need to grow and get stronger.

If you have warm-season grass, you only need to aerate your lawn once every 2 to 3 years.


Aerate your lawn in the fall if you have cool-season grass.

Cool-season grasses are better suited for the cooler weather. They tend to thrive in temperatures between 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. This means you should aerate your lawn every year in the fall when the temperatures are cooler—between September and early November—to ensure your grass has access to those nutrients during the optimal temperatures. Aerating your lawn at this time of year will also help your grass endure the colder winter months that lie ahead. By opening those passageways, you’re allowing essential nutrients and resources to easily reach the roots of your grass to strengthen them. And your grass will need strong roots to survive winter dormancy.

Overseeding is the perfect service to pair with core aeration because the new grass seeds will be able to fall into the holes, allowing for better seed-to-soil contact!

Hire a professional lawn care company to aerate your lawn.

Thatch build up in lawn in Benns Church, VA.

When you consider aerating your lawn, you should hire a professional lawn care company to do it for you. A lawn care professional will have the knowledge and experience to ensure the job is done properly. Some lawns will have lots of thatch build-up, meaning that it can take more than just one pass of the aerator to open those passageways to the roots of your grass. A lawn care professional will be able to identify how much thatch build-up there is, and they’ll be able to determine if your lawn will require multiple passes to open those passageways to the roots of your grass.


Give us a call today to schedule our core aeration service!

No matter what type of grass you have in Virginia, we’ve got you covered with our core aeration service. At Meadow Lawn & Pest, we offer our core aeration service in both the spring and fall to help your warm-season or cool-season grasses. We service residential properties in Carrollton, and surrounding cities like Smithfield and Northern Suffolk. Call us today at (757) 238-8901 to schedule our core aeration service!