Why Aerate Your Lawn?
Aerating your grass is the process of using a machine to remove cores of turf from your lawn, which will improve the flow of air, water, and nutrients to otherwise dense, compacted soil.
One of the greatest causes of soil compaction is walking and mowing. When the soil is compacted, dirt is forced together, which reduces the area where roots can grow. Lawn Aeration relieves soil compaction and helps restore your lawn to a healthy vibrant state.
The primary benefits of lawn aeration include:
- Improves air circulation to the roots, which will promote deeper growth
- Breaks up clay and hard soil
- Stimulates beneficial microorganisms
- Helps seed germinate
- Promotes a thick, healthy lawn
- Reduces water runoff and improves drainage
FAQs about Aeration
- What is lawn aeration? Aeration is the process of using a lawn aeration machine to remove cores of turf to improve the flow of air, water and nutrients in otherwise dense, compacted soil.
- Why should I aerate my lawn? Aerating will allow your grass to grow healthier, greener and thicker. It will also help with drainage and allow air and water to reach the roots of your lawn.
- What is the best time of year to aerate my lawn? If I had to pick the absolute best time of the year to aerate your grass it would be during the spring between February and June, although the fall is also a pretty good time to aerate as well. These are the seasons when your lawn is actively growing and you can overseed right away.
- How can aeration improve my lawn for the summer? By aerating during the spring you will encourage the roots to grow deeper in your lawn, which will cause your lawn to remain healthy throughout the year.
- Why is my new lawn soil compacted? Most of today’s new housing developments do little, if anything, to prepare the lawn for a healthy landscape. At best an inch or two of topsoil is applied before throwing down sod. These lawns start off in a poor condition and will only get worse if not properly taken care of. To properly care for a lawn like this I would recommend putting down another inch or two of topsoil, aerating the lawn to reduce soil compaction, and then applying hydroseeding. You will be amazed at the difference these simple steps can make.
- Why should I aerate before seeding? Aerating prepares the lawn for new seed by reducing soil compaction, and increases water absorption. Additionally, the holes that the aerating machine leave behind become a seed bed which provides the seed with excellent soil to seed contact, insuring that the seeds will germinate and grow into a healthy lawn.
- Should I aerate more than once a year? On lawns with compacted soils or under renovation, it is beneficial to aerate twice yearly. With sandy soil, once a year aerating is recommended.
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