If you are among many people who do not have a lush green lawn despite trying everything, aeration may be the right solution. In order to maintain a beautiful lawn, you should practice basic lawn care such as properly mowing, fertilizing and watering. It is also important to ensure that nutrients can reach the soil beneath your grass. Aeration can be an extremely vital element to a healthy lawn because it allows air and water to penetrate built-up grass or lawn thatch.
What is Aeration?
Aeration involves puncturing the soil with small holes to allow air, water and nutrients to reach the grass roots. This helps the roots grow deeply and produce a stronger, more vigorous lawn.
Does Your Lawn Need Aerating?
One of the most common questions is how to determine if you should be aerating your lawn. Your lawn is probably a good candidate for aeration if it:
- Gets heavy use, such as serving as a playground or outdoor activity area for children and pets running around the yard contribute to soil compaction.
- Was established as part of a newly constructed home. Often, the topsoil of newly constructed lawns is stripped or buried, and the grass established on subsoil has been compacted by construction traffic.
- Dries out easily and has a spongy feel. This might mean your lawn has an excessive thatch problem.
The main reason for aerating is to break up compacted soil. This will prevent proper circulation of air, water and nutrients within the soil. Excess lawn thatch or heavy debris buried under the grass surface can also starve the roots from these essential elements. Aeration has many other benefits such as;
- Increases air, water and nutrition to the roots.
- Helps relieve soil compaction
- Brakes up thatch build up
- Reduced water wastage and many more
The difference is almost immediately noticeable in the lawn. It is recommended that aeration be repeated once a year for optimum results. The best time for aeration is spring, late summer or the fall. We at Smithwell would be glad to assist and or guide you through this process to ensure your lawn/landscape retains its health and beauty year round. Contact us via email or at our office if you have any questions, would like to schedule an estimate or request a quote.