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Aeration: When, Why, and How You Should Do It

Aeration: When, Why, and How You Should Do It By Rob Biehl On February 11, 2020

If you own a beautiful lawn, you might be knowing the importance of proper lawn care activities such as mowing, watering, and fertilizing. Do you know you should also provide adequate aeration to your lawn if you want to keep it healthy? Learn when, why, and how you should aerate your lawn.

What Is Lawn Aeration?

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Aeration involves the process of perforating the soil with small holes to let water, air, and nutrients to reach the grassroots. It helps grassroots to grow stronger and deeper, creating a more beautiful lawn.

Why You Should Aerate Your Lawn

The most important reason for aerating your lawn is to lessen soil compaction. Compacted soil blocks the proper circulation of water, air, and nutrients in the soil. Apart from this, aeration helps ensure that there are no heavy organic debris or excess lawn thatch hidden under the lawn surface, which may starve the grassroots from essential nutrients, air, and water supply.

When You Should Aerate Your Lawn

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Your lawn needs aeration whenever the soil under it gets compacted. Soil compaction may occur due to several reasons. For example, if vehicles or other small equipment is driven through your lawn often, it can cause soil compaction. Sometimes children or pets playing in a specific lawn area can also cause soil compaction in that area.

You can conduct an easy test to see whether or not the soil under your lawn is compacted. All you have to do is take a small screwdriver and try to dig holes in your lawn surface. If it passes through the soil smoothly, the soil is healthy. If you observe some resistance, the soil might be compacted and need aeration.

Keep in mind that aerating is easy to do when the soil is moist from irrigation or rain. In the case of cool-season grasses, early spring or early fall is the best time to aerate. However, for warm-season grasses, the best time is very early summer or late spring.

How to Aerate Your Lawn

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Aerating is usually done using aerating equipment. There are different kinds of aerating equipment ranging from small manual ones to massive tractor-like machinery. You can either do it yourself by renting out an aerator machine or by hiring a professional lawn service to do it for you. Aerating is very similar to mowing in which you need to work backward and forwards across your lawn in different directions. While doing this, make sure to concentrate more on problem areas, such as kid's play areas.

If you are looking for a professional aerating service for your lawn, contact us. We have a well-experienced team to make your lawn beautiful at affordable rates.

Also read:

5 Tips To Control Weeds Effectively

Top 7 Benefits of Mulching Your Garden

7 Common Lawn Problems and How to Fix Them


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Rob Biehl

Rob Biehl

Rob Biehl has been in the commercial and residential landscaping business for many, many years. His experience and understanding of project management as well as his extensive horticultural knowledge has added significant value to many clients’ landscape image.

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