If lawn aeration isn't already on your list of must-do yard chores, it is something you need to add. Lawn aeration is the process of poking small holes throughout your yard in order to create more exposure to the roots of your grass. While you might be able to aerate your lawn on your own , bringing in a professional lawn care company can help you with the process. No matter what method you choose, lawn aeration only has to be done once in a while in order for you to see the benefits in your grass. Here are some of the benefits you'll get from aeration...
Lawn aeration reduces soil compaction
The soil in your yard can become pressed down over time. This is called compaction. Compaction can occur for a number of reasons such as mowing the yard with a heavy mower or simply spending time in the yard playing with your family. The type of soil you have also affects the level of compaction that can happen. There is no need to stop any of the activities that can result in soil compaction because you can reverse the effects by aerating your lawn. Aerating your lawn takes out plugs of soil and creates more room for the compacted soil to spread out. The extra space in the soil provides roots with an opportunity to grow out and deeper into the ground. In addition, reducing soil compaction allows water and nutrients to travel deeper into the ground in order to reach the roots.
Lawn aeration helps apply herbicides and fertilizer more effectively
The plugs of soil removed during the aeration process expose some of the roots of the grass in your lawn. This gives you the opportunity to protect and feed the roots of your lawn more directly. Right after you aerate your lawn, you can apply herbicide to protect from weed growth and fertilizer to increase the growth and strength of the grass.
Lawn aeration minimizes the buildup of organic debris
Over time organic matter such as grass clippings can build up on your lawn. This buildup is often called thatch and it can be helpful in small amounts. However, if it becomes too thick thatch can block water and nutrients from penetrating the ground in order to get to the roots of the grass. Aerating your lawn can help break up and spread out thatch that has been building up for a while.
Lawn aeration strengthens the root systems of the grass
The greatest benefit of lawn aeration is that it leads to the strengthening of the root systems of the grass. Your lawn is strengthened through aeration because it allows nutrients and water to reach the roots of your grass and enhance growth. Lawns with stronger roots have the ability to withstand more variations in weather and water than a lawn with weak roots. Lawns with strong roots also look better because they are healthy.
Reading about the benefits of lawn aeration should explain why it should be a must-do part of your lawn maintenance plan. On top of being great for your lawn, you only have to do it once or twice a year in order to gain all of the benefits mentioned above.