Lawn Aeration

One of the most important and neglected practices available for your lawn

Lawns that receive regular aeration will be:

  • Greener
  • Easier to maintain
  • Suffer from fewer pest problems and disease

I’ve found in my own work with lawns that these are some really great benefits over the long haul. It is really worth aerating lawns.

Aerating Lawns Also:

  • Helps control thatch build up
  • Improves the soil structure
  • Opens the way for water and fertilizer to get into the root zone of your lawn

SOIL COMPACTION – THE ENEMY OF LAWNS

An enemy of lawns is soil compaction. Soil compaction is a frequent cause of turf deterioration. It’s caused by lawn traffic, like walking and mowing. Soil compaction is greatest in the top 2″ to 3″ of the soil.

Aerating lawns just makes sense. For you to maintain a healthy lawn through periods of stress, your lawn soil needs water, air, and nutrients in the top 6″ to 10″. Soils that are hard and compacted can’t  hold the water, air, or nutrients and  root growth is greatly impeded.

Aerating lawns is beneficial anyplace your lawn slopes too. If you aerate, water will soak in those sloped areas, instead of running off quickly before it soaks in.

WHEN TO AERATE:

Here are some signs:

  • There are worn areas where people walk often
  • Water puddles after rain or watering your lawn
  • Water runs off the lawn, after only a few minutes of watering
  • There are areas in your lawn that just can’t seem to keep moist

Here is a quick test you can do to know if your soil is compacted:
Poke a large screwdriver or sturdy stake in the ground. If it goes in easily, the soil is not compacted, but if it goes in only with difficulty, that’s a clear signal that your soil is compacted and needs more breathing room.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU AERATE?

If you maintain your lawn to a high standard or if your soil is heavy and tends to compact, you may need aerating twice per year.

Sandy soils do not become compacted as easily and may only need aerating every few years.

WHEN SHOULD YOU AERATE?

If you maintain your lawn to a high standard or if your soil is heavy and tends to compact, you may need aerating twice per year.

Sandy soils do not become compacted as easily and may only need aerating every few years.

 

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