Most lawn care starts in the soil. That beautiful lush green carpet can only occur with a strong root system that starts with water and ferilization. With the drought in full swing in California and in particular in the San Joaquin Valley, keeping a beautiful lawn requires strategy to get water into the soil. Maybe the best way to insure that moisture gets into the soil and feeds the root system is aeration. With the likely potential of "El Nino" rains coming, now is the time to consider aeration for your lawn and yard.
What is aeration?
It’s a very simple process, where we use an aerator to essentially punch holes in your dirt and mix up the soil. This is helpful for two critical reasons:
Mixing up the soil allows soil from the bottom to mix in with topsoil. This can be especially necessary if you have ever used sod. The soil that comes with sod is usually of higher quality than the soil underneath, and you need to blend the two types of soil together to improve the overall health of your lawn.
Making holes in the dirt exposes the roots, which will allow them to receive air, nutrients, and water. By making those holes, you allow direct feeding of the roots, which will help them grow much stronger.
When should I aerate my lawn?
Experts recommended aeration in the spring and fall, since these are the times when your lawn has the most moisture in it. Aerating a dry lawn can be problematic, as the soil will be brittle and hard to mix. And although you can aerate a lawn yourself, if you don’t possess the necessary tools (such as the aerator itself), it may be more prudent to simply hire a gardener for the job. They already have all the necessary tools, and the cost for such a procedure is usually quite reasonable.