You mow, water, fertilize and still feel like your neighbor’s grass is quite literally greener than your grass? Does it look more lush and seems healthier than your yard? Don’t have yard envy! You may be missing an important step in basic lawn care that should be done every year – aeration. Let’s look at what aeration is and why you may be missing out on the benefits of this critical step in getting the lush, green lawn that your neighbors seem to have.
What is aeration?
Aeration involves perforating the soil with small holes to allow air, water and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots. This can be done mechanically with a motorized aerator or with a hand held tool depending upon your yard size and needs. Aeration is beneficial if done annually to help the soil breathe and is usually done in the spring or fall.
The main reason for aerating is to alleviate soil compaction. Compacted soils have too many solid particles in a certain volume or space, which prevents proper circulation of air, water and nutrients within the soil. Excess lawn thatch or heavy organic debris buried under the grass surface can also starve the roots from these essential elements. Lawns that are high traffic areas are good candidates for aeration and its many benefits.
The Benefits: Here are just a few advantages to aerating this spring. . .
- Oxygen and Nutrients – Aeration helps your lawn gain access to increased oxygen as well as organic fertilizers and other nutrients. Oxygen is essential for the grass to grow and survive even in extreme conditions. When an aerated lawn is watered, it is easier for the water to reach the roots.
- Reduces water waste – A lawn that has been aerated will require only half the amount of water than one which has not been aerated. Aeration also helps prevent the excess water from running off and forming puddles.
- Seeding – Aeration will create an optimal environment if overseeding for direct seed to soil contact.
- Thatch Build Up – Aerating will also greatly reduce the chances of having thatch buildup.
By using regular aeration practices your lawn will soon have that thickness and coloring that you have been envious of in your neighbor’s yard. This fairly simple step can make the difference between having a nice yard to having an exemplary yard! Contact Peace of Mind today to find out about aeration and your yard.