Lawn aeration is crucial to obtaining and maintaining a healthy lawn. When your soil becomes compacted, it reduces the ability for your grass roots to grow. With a poor root structure you often develop many other problems in your lawn, especially during times of stress. Common problems that develop due to compacted soil include:
- Unhealthy lawn appearance
- Excessive thatch layer
We recommend that you aerate every two years, preferably in the fall. If you currently have a problem with thatch or compaction we recommend that it be done once a year until the problem is corrected.
Just like humans, lawns need sufficient air to breathe and survive. As homeowners and children use their yard, the soil gets more compressed. When this happens, oxygen and nutrients find it very hard to pass through the soil and reach the roots of the plants. As a result, the grass will not be able grow properly.
Even with a good fertilization service the fertilizer may not be able to pass through compacted soil and all time and money trying to make your lawn healthy and beautiful will be useless. Lawn aeration involves the process of keeping the soil loose to let the air pass through properly. Using a specialized machine called a lawn aerator; the compacted soil will be expanded to create empty spaces. It breaks up the surface of the lawn to allow the oxygen and the nutrients coming from external sources to penetrate and reach the roots of your grass.
If you’re looking to aerate residential or commercial lawn, getting the help from a reputable and highly experienced lawn care provider can be a great help. Best Choice Landscape provides lawn aeration from their team of experienced professionals.. We take pride in our work and care about your lawn.
Lawn Aeration FAQs
What is lawn aeration?
Aeration is the process of pulling dirt plugs or cores out of the soil allowing better nutrient up take and decompaction of the soil.
Do the dirt plugs go away after your lawn is aerated?
Yes, in time the plugs break up and will go away. It is a bit unsightly at first but the plugs should be left on the surface.
Why is lawn aeration good for your lawn?
There are many benefits that come from a lawn aeration. Aerating helps with the microbial breakdown of thatch, disrupts soil layering, reduces compaction, stimulates root growth, allows for better fertilizer and water up take, reduces puddling and run off of water, and helps maintain a thicker and fuller lawn.
Is it good to overseed after you aerate your lawn?
Yes, overseeding after an aeration adds new life to your existing lawn.
What time of year do you aerate your lawn?
In our area having cool season grasses you want to aerate in either spring or fall when soil temperatures are cooler.
Does lawn aeration get rid of thatch?
Aerating increases the microbial breakdown of thatch which is better than dethatching. Dethatching can rip out new seedlings and damage the crown of the plant.
How much does lawn aeration cost?
The cost of an aeration depends on the square footage of the lawn.
How often should I aerate my lawn?
-It is recommended to aerate once a year, especially if your soil has a high amount of clay.
How deep does the aerator go into my lawn?
Depending on the lawn conditions it can vary between 2 to 4 inches.