Asked by: Omara Nandi
asked in category: General Last Updated: 28th January, 2020

When Should I aerate my lawn in Iowa?

In Iowa, September and April are the best times to aerate Kentucky bluegrass and other cool-season lawns. While the overall results are beneficial, core aeration causes some initial damage.

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Furthermore, what is the best time to aerate your lawn?

The best time for aeration is during the growing season, when the grass can heal and fill in any open areas after soil plugs are removed. Ideally, aerate the lawn with cool season grass in the early spring or fall and those with warm season grass in the late spring.

Likewise, should I mow the lawn before aerating? Recommended: Mow your lawn lower than usual at 1-1/2″ and clean up leaves. Try to mow one or two days before we arrive — and make it lower than usual. Mowing low makes both aeration and seeding more effective. Clean up any leaves, trash or other debris which might interfere with the aeration.

Similarly one may ask, how late can you plant grass seed in Iowa?

The best time to seed a lawn in Iowa is between mid- August and mid/late September. However, lawns can be successfully established as late as late-September in central Iowa and early October in southern Iowa. Late summer planting is preferred to spring seeding because seeds germinate and grow rapidly in the warm soil.

What do you do after you aerate your lawn?

What to Do After Aerating Your Lawn

  1. Leave the soil plugs on the lawn to decompose and filter back into the holes left by the aeration machine.
  2. Apply fertilizer immediately after aerating your lawn to put nutrients into your grass roots.
  3. Reseed your lawn, especially in areas of the lawn where the grass is thin.

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