What is the Point of Soil Aeration and Should I Consider It?

Posted on Dec 1, 2015 8:00:00 AM by Kerry Hardin

What is the Point of Soil Aeration and Should I Consider It? | The Experienced Gardener - Visalia


We live in a world that is full of nuance and gray areas. For instance: what is the meaning of life? I’m not even going to pretend to know the answer, but that’s a common question that everyone has a different response to. Life can be mysterious like that.

However, other things are not so complicated. There are some areas where stuff is just simple. A spade is a spade, so to speak. Like soil aeration. Sounds like some kind of technical procedure, I bet. But it’s basically just poking holes in your lawn.

That’s it?!?

I mean, it’s a little bit more in-depth than that, but not by a lot. Before you start running around the backyard with a pitchfork, let me explain the process. These holes are punched in the soil with the use of an aerator. The holes need to go deep enough to expose the roots of the grass, because that’s how aeration helps lawn growth.

What do you mean?

By exposing the roots, you allow them to absorb nutrients directly in the form of water, lawn aids (like fertilizer) and sunlight. So those holes will actually make your grass roots much stronger. And even those who know the bare minimum about gardening know that strong roots lead to strong plants.

So why do I need an aerator?

Well, as mentioned above, an aerator will be able to penetrate deep enough into the soil. Additionally, these devices make the entire aeration process much faster and smoother. You can purchase manual aerators at home improvement stores, but more advanced versions are also available. However, considering aeration is only recommended about twice a year, you may be hesitant to spend money on a device you’ll rarely use.

Can I hire someone to do this for me?

Absolutely. If you don’t have the confidence or knowledge necessary to perform this procedure, you should contact a professional landscaping company. This sort of process is like second nature to us, and we’d be happy to help your lawn grow lusher than ever.


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