Aeration, a method of punching holes into the lawn to allow moisture, oxygen, and nutrients to penetrate the soil, also helps break up thatch.
Its primary goal is to loosen compacted soil; it’s often needed for lawns grown in clay soils and those subject to heavy foot traffic.
You can do the job more than once a year, if necessary. If you aerate once annually, do it in fall for cool-season grasses.
Why Do We Need To Aerate?
Lawn aeration is a treatment used when the soil in your lawn is compacted. A lawn can become easily compacted if a lot of action goes on in your yard.
Parking cars on your lawn, animals running around, and kids playing on the lawn are just some common ways soil can become compacted.
Compacted soils make it so water and air do not reach the roots of the grass in your lawn, leaving your lawn lacking the nutrients it needs to be healthy.
If you live in an area with clay soils, your soil is more likely to become compacted than areas with sandy soils. The bonds in the clay soil are much closer together, making it difficult for water and air to penetrate to the roots.
How Does Core Aeration Work?
A core aerator machine pulls out plugs of soil in your lawn to leave pockets for air and water to get through and leave room for root growth.
It is important to use core aeration methods because using spikes to just poke holes in the ground could cause further compaction.
The plugs of soil that were taken out by the aerator will break down and give more nutrients to your lawn.
Once the lawn has been aerated, clear away the plugs, spread a layer of organic matter such as compost or soil conditioner over the lawn, and water it in. The organic matter seeps into the holes left by the plugs, improving the soil’s texture.
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At Peter Doran Lawn, we have all the tools needed to aerate any size lawn. Give us a call at (763) 595-1440, send us a chat on the Facebook chat icon in the bottom right corner or request a quote here.