Have You Aerated Your Lawn Lately? The Answer Should Be Yes.

Posted on Jul 14, 2016 8:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

Have You Aerated Your Lawn Lately? The Answer Should Be Yes. | The Experienced GardenerWhat do you know about soil aeration? It probably sounds a little more complicated than it is, but this is actually incredibly simple. We’ll explain in a moment. But let’s discuss the health of your lawn.

Just like any other plant, your lawn is a living organism that benefits from a little extra attention. And that living organism also has a pretty big test coming up: the dog days of summer. It’s about to regularly be above 100 degrees outside, and that’s going to be rough on the grass. Don’t you want your lawn to be prepared?

Soil aeration will go a long way toward helping that. Which is why you should be doing this NOW.

  • What exactly is soil aeration?

To put it as simply as possible, it’s basically punching a bunch of holes in the grass. That’s it. But it sounds a lot better to call it “aeration.” 

  • What’s the point of aeration?

Again, this isn’t complicated: we’re trying to expose the roots to the outside world. But beyond that, we’re also giving fertilizer, water and sunlight a direct path to the roots. That will help them soak up the nutrients and grow stronger, even if it doesn’t seem like you’re doing much.

  • How do I aerate my lawn?

There are two types of aerators: the manual, analog kind that requires elbow grease, and aerator machines that don’t require much more than pushing. Most folks don’t have aeration machines because you don’t need to perform this task often; every few months should be fine. You can opt for a manual aerator, but that’s going to take quite a bit longer.

  • So what should I do? 

Aeration machines can be rented from many places, so we’d recommend that path for most folks. However, if you have a large lawn or simply don’t know what you’re doing, please feel free to contact us. We help all sorts of clients with their gardening needs, beyond just the wealthy; we’d be glad to aerate your lawn or provide any other services you need.

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Topics: Lawn Aeration