An Inside Look At What Lawn Aeration Is

Posted on Sep 20, 2016 8:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

An Inside Look At What Lawn Aeration Is | The Experienced GardenerSometimes, jargon and terminology keep you from understanding an issue. Like at Starbucks. You probably think Starbucks is simple and easy, but what if you only like black coffee? For that person, an order at Starbucks might as well be in a foreign language.

That’s why you shouldn’t get too hung up on terminology. Sometimes, a technical-sounding term is just a fancy way of saying something simple. For instance, today we’re discussing lawn aeration. I bet that sounds kind of complicated to you. And if my goal was to confuse you, I could make it sound quite interesting and difficult. But deep down, do you know what lawn aeration really is? Punching a bunch of holes in the lawn. That’s it.

  • No… seriously?

Serious as a tax audit. We use the term “aeration” because it sounds better than “hole-punching,” but they mean the same thing. Essentially, we’re exposing the roots to the air – hence why we’re “aerating” the lawn.

  • So why would I want a bunch of holes in my lawn?

Lawn health. Your lawns’ roots are below the surface, and while they receive plenty of water, other nutrients will come from the blades of grass. This is fine on a day-to-day basis, but you can really kick it up a notch with some aeration.

When you make holes in the lawn, you will allow the roots to be exposed to sunlight and other nutrients. If you mix in a little fertilizer at the same time, you can reach the roots directly. This will provide a much-needed boost to the lawn. However, we must always caution to be careful with fertilizer. This powerful plant food contains nitrates, and while some is good, too much can “burn out” the lawn, causing damage.

  • How can I aerate my own lawn?

There are manual aerators available for purchase at most home improvement stores, as well as aeration machines – although those can be pretty pricey. If you don’t want to purchase a manual aerator, machines are usually available for rent. And of course, you can always contact us: aeration is just one of the many services we provide.

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Topics: Lawn Aeration