Plants, including grass, need air, water and nutrients to flourish. Unfortunately, a thick lawn can eventually become a detriment to itself. The root system, thatch and soil can become so dense that water, air and nutrients have trouble infiltrating this layer and impact the health of your lawn. Aerating your lawn can allow your lawn to get the elements it needs to stay healthy.
What Is Aeration?
Aeration is creating holes in the root layer, thatch and soil to allow penetration of the water, air and nutrients your lawn needs. This could be done manually, poking holes individually, but is most efficiently done with lawn aeration equipment. This loosens compacted soil and thatch from organic debris to allow the elements to penetrate and circulate to feed the grass roots.
Aeration should be done on lawns that have heavy traffic, sod or are struggling to maintain good moisture levels. The surface on heavy thatched lawns can feel spongy underfoot and it can be difficult to keep grass green in the dry months. Often lawns for new homes have aeration issues due to the heavy compaction of the soil that occurs during construction.
Aeration should be done during the growing seasons when the roots can heal. Spring, early summer and fall are often the best times, but not during the hottest months of summer or during the winter.
While you can aerate your lawn on your own, it can be beneficial to have a professional landscaper handle this project. Not only do they have the right equipment, they also have the expertise to ensure the right depth of aeration is completed and can recommend fertilizers and other options to improve the health of your lawn after aeration.
Posted on behalf of:
Champion Lawn Care
Alpharetta, GA 30022