The simplest trick to maintaining a beautiful lawn is to exercise good lawn care practices like properly mowing, fertilizing and watering. It is also important to make sure that nutrients can reach the soil beneath the grass. Aeration can be a VITAL element to a healthy lawn because it enables air and water penetration into the soil and circumvents built-up grass or lawn thatch.
Make way for a beautiful lawn with this quick guide to aeration. You’ll learn why, how and when to aerate your lawn for the best results!
What is Aeration?
Aeration involves perforating your lawn’s soil so that water and nutrients can easily penetrate the grass roots. This allows the roots to grow deeper and produce a stronger lawn.
The main purpose of aerating is to alleviate soil compaction. Compacted soil in your lawn will result in too many solid particles building up. This prevents proper circulation of air, water, and nutrients within the soil. Excessive lawn thatch buried under your grass can also starve the roots of the aforementioned essential elements.
Should You Be Aerating Your Lawn?
- Does your lawn get heavy use? Believe it or not, children and pets running around the yard contribute to soil compaction over time.
- Was your lawn established before construction of your home? Have you had any home construction in the past year? Often, the grass established on subsoil can be compacted by construction traffic.
- Does your lawn dry out easily or have a spongy feel when you walk on it? This might mean your lawn has a thatch problem. Take a shovel and remove a slice of lawn about four inches deep. If the thatch layer is greater than a half an inch, aeration is highly recommended.
- Was your lawn established using sod? There’s a good chance that sod can result in soil layering, which means that soil of a finer texture is layered over the existing coarser soil. This layering may disrupt drainage, as water will be held in the finer-textured soil. This can then lead to compacted conditions and poor root development. Aerating the soil breaks up the layering, and allows water to flow through the soil more easily and reach the roots.
Still have more questions about aeration? Unsure if aeration is right for you? We could go on and on about the benefits and how fertilization in conjunction with aeration can greatly benefit your lawn, however, we suggest you give us a call!