Aeration: Your Secret Weapon for a Great Lawn

March 17, 2015By

There are a great number of things that people do to maintain healthy lawns, but one thing that people often forget is aeration. Aerating a lawn is a powerful way to facilitate lawn growth, and it will help to ensure that your lawn is as lush and green as it can be. If you’re unfamiliar with aeration and why it’s your secret weapon for a great lawn, then read on to find out more about it!

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 How Does Lawn Aeration Work?

Lawn aeration is pretty much what it sounds like. You use an aerator to essentially poke holes into your lawn, providing it with greater access to water, air, and nutrients. What you need to know is that there are two kinds of aerators, those that simply poke holes in your lawn (spike aerators), and those that pull out cores of soil (plug aerators). While if you’re just getting started a spike aerator might be sufficient for your needs, a plug aerator will undoubtedly give you the best results.

Poking holes into your lawn might sound like a bad thing, but it actually does a lot of good. Most importantly, aerating your lawn dramatically reduces soil compaction, something that can prevent grass from growing as much as it could. Also, as mentioned earlier, the loosening of the soil makes it possible for growing grass to get greater access to water and nutrients. Finally, aerating your lawn keeps the level of thatch under control, and as any person familiar with lawn care knows, having just the right amount of thatch is essential for a healthy lawn.

What Kinds of Lawns Need To Be Aerated?

Really, any kind of lawn can benefit from aeration, but there are certain kinds of lawns that benefit from aeration more than others. Those that benefit the most are lawns that receive a lot of traffic, as all of that traffic contributes to soil compaction, a problem that aeration helps to alleviate. In addition, you’ll find that aeration is particularly good for lawns that appear to dry out very easily, because this drying out is usually a sign that the thatch is too thick. Finally, anyone that has a newly sodded yard – particularly one that’s part of a new home construction – will find that aeration will help facilitate healthy lawn growth.

How Do I Aerate My Lawn?

First, you’re going to need aerating equipment. As mentioned earlier, a plug aerator is the best, but a spike aerator will work as well. Just be aware that if you’re using a spike aerator, you may be creating more of a compaction problem around the holes that the aerator is making.

Provided you have your equipment, the first thing that you’ll want to do is to make sure that your lawn possesses a degree of moisture. Trying to aerate a dry lawn can be quite difficult, and it will be more trouble than it’s worth. After that, you will simply run the aerator over the areas of your lawn that require aeration. Be aware that you might have to make more than a few passes over areas that are especially compacted. If you used a plug aerator, be aware that you’ll want to redistribute the plugs that were pulled out of the ground back into the soil evenly. This can usually be accomplished by breaking them up with a rake or by driving over them with a lawnmower.

The Best Time to Use Your Secret Weapon

As you can see, lawn aeration is relatively simple, and it’s a great way of facilitating the growth of healthy lawn. If you’re interested in aerating your lawn, then you can get started today. Just remember that growing season is the best time to aerate your lawn, and spring is just around the corner. Also, remember that if you’re going to be doing any reseeding, then it’s best to do this after you’ve finished aerating! The experts at Fischer Environmental have been perfecting lawns in the metro area for years, so they can handle this spring task for you easily. Additionally, their expertise will go a long way towards creating the lawn of your dreams; call for a free consultation today!

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