Do you want a healthy and lush lawn? Then you need to put in the proper work.
You use basic lawn care practices like mowing and watering, but one thing many people neglect to do is implement proper soil aeration.
What is aeration?
It is vital to the health of your lawn to ensure that nutrients can reach the soil beneath your grass.
Aeration allows air and water to penetrate built-up grass, and make way for a beautiful lawn.
Below, you’ll learn why and how to aerate your lawn, to achieve the healthiest, most appealing lawn on the block!
Why is aeration important?
Aeration involves perforating the soil with small holes to allow water, air, and nutrients to get down deep into the grass roots.
The main reason aeration is important, is because it alleviates soil compaction.
Compacted soil prevents proper air, water, and nutrient circulation within the soil.
And since excess lawn thatch and debris beneath the grass surface can starve roots from essential elements, it is important to regularly aerate your lawn.
When should aeration happen, and how often?
It all depends on the type of grass and soil you have for your lawn.
The best time to aerate your lawn is during the growing season, when you grass needs to breathe the most.
Early spring or fall are the best times to give your lawn some extra TLC, so the grass can heal and fill in any open areas after soil plugs are removed.
How often you aerate your lawn also depends on the different types of grass and soil.
- If your lawn is clay-based, you should aerate twice a year
- If your lawn is sand-based, you should aerate annually
However, it all depends on how frequently you use your lawn. Get in touch with a Wright Landscape expert to know for sure.
How to tell if your lawn needs to be aerated
Unless you’re a lawn care expert or avid gardener, it can be quite difficult to tell when you need to aerate your lawn.
But it’s actually pretty simple.
Your lawn needs aeration if:
- It is in a high traffic area. If you regularly use your lawn for playing or entertaining, or if you have children or pets, your soil is more than likely compacted.
- It is dry, this might mean that your lawn has an overabundance of thatch buildup. Contact your Wright Landscape expert to find out how to tell if your thatch is too thick.
Need to find a pro for your aeration project?
Aeration is a beneficial practice toward achieving a beautiful lawn, but it can also be a daunting task.
If you are unsure if your lawn could benefit from aeration at this point, contact us.