People are always asking me for gardening advice, and the questions are usually very similar. How can I get my flowers to bloom faster? Why isn’t my personal garden bearing fruit? And my personal favorite, why doesn’t my grass look nice?
Without knowing about an individual’s personal lawn care habits, I can usually hazard a guess on that last one. These people are often pretty consistent about watering their lawns (even in the face of a crippling drought here), and they might even treat the lawn with something they bought at the garden department at Lowe’s. But they’re missing one critical step, which I cannot advocate strongly enough: aeration. Without aeration, you’re missing out on a step that can take your lawn to new, gorgeously green heights.
Getting back to your roots
Just how often do you do something for the roots of your lawn? Heck, when was the last time you even saw the roots of your lawn? I’m not saying you should dig them up, but you understand how important roots are for plant life – don’t you think you should do something for your lawn’s roots?
That’s precisely what aeration does. It’s actually a fairly simple process, which involves using spikes to punch holes in the lawn. These holes expose the roots to the air (hence the name “aeration”), as well as to water, sunlight and other nutrients. This will strengthen your roots, allowing them to support an even stronger, healthier and greener lawn.
Why now is the time for aeration
Despite our drought, the wet season is coming to California soon. Therefore, you want to aerate your soil now to ensure it’s ready to accept all of that moisture. Fall and spring are usually the best times for aeration, and we recommend performing this procedure twice a year.
If you’re interested in aerating your own lawn, aerators can be purchased from home improvement and big box stores for less than $100. However, if you don’t have much of a need for an aerator, you can always hire an experienced gardener to perform the job for you. It won’t cost much more, and it will save you the hassle of purchasing an aerator, prepping it, and then handling the task yourself.