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10 Signs It’s Time To Aerate & Seed Your Lawn

a lawn that has been aerated

A vibrant green lawn is the perfect backdrop for outdoor activities. Unfortunately, the scorching temperatures and soil compaction can cause your grass to die off. Aeration and seeding act as a renewal process that will help rejuvenate your lawn to a lush yard it once was. 

1. It’s Fall or Spring

The fall is the perfect season to aerate and seed your lawn. Over time, soil gets compacted and can make it difficult for nutrients to reach the root system. Aeration during the growing seasons will assist in nutrient absorption to the root system. During the growing seasons, the temperatures are warm, but not hot, which allows for growth without killing out new grass seed. 

2. Puddles

Puddles are an indication of compacted soil. The more compacted the soil, the less likely the root system is getting the nutrients it needs. Additionally, standing water can also become breeding grounds for mosquitoes. If you try to seed without aerating first, you may find that you are washing away your grass seed when you water.  

3. Worn Areas

Patches in the yard? That can be normal wear and tear, but it is also an indication that you should seed your lawn. By overseeding in certain areas, we can ensure a nice coverage of green grass for you to enjoy. 

4. Inability to Moisten

There’s a difference between saturated ground and compacted soil not allowing proper absorption; however, both look similar if you aren’t paying close attention. When the ground is saturated, it will remain wet for a while. However, if an area is suffering from compacted soil, then it may appear wet, but quickly dry out afterward. Essentially, you aren’t able to keep compacted soil moist. This makes reseeding nearly impossible because germination requires moist soil. 

5. Thinning Grass

There are many reasons why your grass might be thinning, but did you know that one of them might be due to soil compaction? Bald patches and slow growth may be indicators that their roots are unable to get the proper nutrients or absorb water. As a result, the grass begins to die. By aerating and seeding your lawn, you’ll be able to stop thinning grass and regain the grass density that you lost. 

6. Discolored Areas

Yellow and brown grass is just a warning sign. Soil compaction is one of several reasons for discoloration in your yard. If you notice other warning signs in combination with yellow or brown areas, then it’s time to aerate and seed. 

7. Uniformly Thin and Dull

Time for grass seed! Grass seed can improve the quality of your lawn without breaking the budget. If it’s uniformly thin and dull, it’s likely due to wear and tear. Seeding your lawn can add new thickness you once had. 

8. Yard Stopped Growing

Have you noticed your neighbors’ lawns are flourishing and yours is stagnant? It can happen to the best of us! The fewer nutrients the roots receive means the less growth you’ll see. Your lawn is likely suffering from compacted soil and is in need of aeration and seeding. 

9. Thick Debris

A thick layer of debris, also known as thatch, is living and dead organic matter between the green vegetation (top) and the root system (bottom). If the thatch becomes too thick (greater than ½ inch), then it can be detrimental for your lawn’s health. Aeration helps to decompose thatch at a faster rate. 

10. Failed Screwdriver Test

Using a screwdriver, or even a pencil, you can test to see if the soil is compacted. Stick the object into the ground and see if you have difficulty. If you do, it’s likely time to call in the experts to aerate and seed your lawn. 


When you're ready to add lawn aeration to your lawn care package, give The Green Team a call! We're here to help!