Lawn Aeration: What It Is And Why It Helps

Posted on Jul 5, 2018 9:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan


Lawn care might seem pretty simple for those who don’t do it professionally, however, there are a lot of aspects of it that you might not ever have heard of. While it’s true that grass isn’t the most complex plant life to care for, many people struggle to keep their lawn that perfect, lush “Leave It To Beaver” quality. Professional landscapers have tricks and tools that you might not know about.

One of the projects that landscapers can take on in order to help you achieve a perfect lawn is lawn aeration. Lawn aeration is a process of creating small holes throughout your yard in order to expose the roots of your grass. Exposing the roots might sound like a dangerous thing for your grass, but it’s actually helpful in making it grow. Here are the different benefits of having a professional landscaper aerate your lawn.

Helps Herbicides and Fertilizers Sink In

When you have your lawn aerated, some “plugs” of soil are removed, exposing some of the roots of your lawn. This gives you the chance to feed the roots directly, allowing them to take in even more of the nutrients that they need. Right after your lawn is aerated is the best time to add any herbicides to reduce the growth of weeds, and fertilizer in order to strengthen your grass.

Keeps Your Lawn’s Soil Less Compacted

One of the biggest problems with lawns is that the soil underneath it can become compacted. This can happen for a few different reasons, from using a heavy lawn mower, to kids or pets spending time playing on the lawn. Compaction is simply innevitable. However, lawn aeration can help repair the damage of compaction. Lawn aeration helps remove plugs of soil and gives your lawn’s soil some breathing room. This also allows the roots of your grass to have more room to grow and expand.

Gets Rid Of Debris

Since your lawn is outside, it’s in contact with all of the outdoor elements. This includes dirt, leaves and even it’s own clippings from when you mow the lawn. These clippings are pretty harmless at first, but left for too long, they can start to block the roots of your grass from getting the water and sun that they need. Aerating your lawn helps remove some of the debris, and give your lawn back the exposure it needs.

Makes Your Lawn Stronger

The main benefit of having your lawn aerated is that it helps strengthen the roots of your grass. Your grass’ roots grow stronger when they have enough nutrients and water. Exposing the roots through aeration allows nutrients, water and sun to apply directly to them, allowing them to grow stronger. When your grass has strong roots, it’s able to withstand the weather more easily, and tends to make your lawn look greener and more full.

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Topics: San Joaquin Valley, General Info, Lawn Aeration