Aerating Your Lawn: What You Need To Know

Aerating Your Lawn: What You Need To Know

We all want our lawn to look fabulous. We religiously water, mow and fertilize our lawns to see beautiful results. It is also important to ensure that nutrients can reach the soil beneath your grass by aerating our lawns. Aeration involves perforating the soil with small holes to allow air, water, and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots. It helps the roots grow deeper and produce a stronger, more vigorous lawn.


Why Should I Aerate My Lawn?


The main reason is to alleviate soil compaction. Compacted soils have too many solid particles in a particular volume or space, which prevents proper circulation of air, water, and nutrients within the soil. Also, if children and pets use your lawn frequently, this will contribute to soil compaction. Aeration can help relieve soil compaction, allowing your grass to grow deeper roots and make better use of water and fertilizer.


What Are The Types of Lawn Aerators?


A plug aerator removes clumps or "plugs" of soil (about the size of your finger) from the ground. Spike aerators simply push holes into the soil.


How Do I Aerate My Lawn?


Whichever tool you decide to use, aerate your lawn using the same pattern as you would when mowing. Afterward, rake to remove any soil plugs or wait for them to dissolve naturally. If you want, top-dress with compost or peat moss to further enrich the soil. You can also apply seed and fertilizer after aerating.


Relieve thatch accumulation. Thatch accumulation impedes the effectiveness of water, fertilizer and pesticides Aeration combines soil with the thatch debris, so soil organisms are better able to break down the thatch and reduce its accumulation.


Some other reasons to aerate your lawn are:


  • Improved air exchange between the soil and atmosphere
  • Enhanced soil water uptake
  • Improved fertilizer uptake and use
  • Reduced water runoff
  • Stronger turf grass roots
  • Reduced soil compaction
  • Enhanced heat and drought stress tolerance
  • Improved resiliency and cushioning
  • Enhanced thatch breakdown


How Often Should I Aerate My Lawn?


It is a good idea to aerate your lawn once time per year. If you have a heavily used lawn, it may require aeration twice a year. Aeration is usually done in the Fall or Spring. Overall, lawns that receive, water, mowing, fertilizing and aeration will be healthier and easier to manage. They will also have fewer pest problems.


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