Just like any other living being, grass needs air. A lawn can be healthy only if the grass can breathe freely. Every time you walk on the lawn, the soil gets compressed under your pressure. Normal usage will not cause visible damage in the short run, but this can be dangerous in the long run. In order protect your lawn from suffocation; it is a must for every owner to perform annual or biennial lawn aeration.
Aeration is basically creating small holes in the ground by removing small plugs of soil from the lawn. Though this is a quite simple concept, yet it is very important to promote your lawn’s health. Spring is the best time for lawn aeration. Lawn aeration can be as easy as walking back and forth in your lawn wearing spiky shoes. Still it is better to get professional help for best results. You can either hire a professional lawn care service to take care of aeration, or you can rent a lawn aerator and take matter into your own hands. There are numerous benefits of lawn aeration; the most important of these are listed below:
- Increases the rate of nutrient and fertilizer uptake by the grass.
- Reduces watering needs as water is able to reach deeper soil layers.
- Simulates root development by enhancing underground air circulation and thereby making it more drought resistant.
- Improved the soil structure by removing lumps.
- Slashes down soil compaction and water runoff.
- Increase grass density and greenery.
- It reduces the growth of weeds and unwanted shallow rooted plants.
- Helps restore organic content (Humus) by promoting the growth of useful microorganisms.
- Thatch can be easily decomposed, thus reducing chances of soil blockage.
Tips to Get the Best Out of Lawn Aeration:
- Make sure that you get the lawn analyzed by a professional prior to aeration. This is the best way to learn about the soil and grass characteristics so that you can take the best suited steps for each soil type.
- Lawns on clayey soil should be aerated more frequently as compared to lawns on sandy soil as clay compresses much faster than sand.
- When aerating, ensure that the soil is moist but not wet. Wet soil can cling into the aerator making the process troublesome.
- Winter type lawns must be aerated in early falls while spring is best for summer type lawns.
- After aerating, leave the soil plugs to break down for a few days. Then you can use a rake to crumble the remaining plugs.
When maintained well, lawns can be a jewel on your pride in the neighborhood. And when left untamed, can cause serious problems for your family. So invest a little in lawn aeration, and gift yourself a healthy, lush and green lawn this spring.