One of the most common questions we’re asked is, “What are the benefits of lawn aeration?”. No plant can live without nutrients (including air and water) and grass is no exception. Throughout the year, soil can become compacted which keeps these nutrients from getting to the roots. Root system development is important to long term growth and development of a healthy lawn. You can fertilize all you want but without a healthy root system under your lawn, your lawn will die.
What is Lawn Aeration?
Have you ever seen cores of dirt in your neighbor’s lawn? Sometimes they can be confused for dog droppings. They’re not, they’re cores of soil that the aerator pulls out from your impacted soil which loosens up the rest of the soil allowing the air, water, and nutrients to get to the roots. This makes your lawn healthier and stronger. Most times, a core aerator is what is used since it’s more cost-effective and doesn’t cause damage to existing grass.
What makes Lawn Aeration so Important?
Like we said above, compacted soil causes the grass to die which can cause you to lose all the hard work you’ve had done throughout the year and leave you with an entire yard of brown grass. Increased soil compaction also increases the risk for heat stress which increases the likelihood of weeds and disease. Another risk is for water runoff. When it rains, water has to go somewhere and compacted soil will not allow for it to be properly absorbed into the earth.
With the extreme weather from hot to cold that we have here, having an aerated lawn is even more important. Not only will it allow for nutrients to be absorbed and utilized better, it will also allow for any fertilization applications to be absorbed better and be more effective. Long story short, lawn aeration ultimately leads to greener and healthier grass.
How Often Should my Lawn be Aerated?
No matter how well you maintaining your lawn, it will need to be aerated at some point in order to stay healthy. Frequency of aeration depends on your lawn’s condition. Typically, most lawns need to be aerated once a year in the fall.
Who Should I Call for Lawn Aeration?
There are many companies to choose from when it comes to aerating your lawn. Our team at Lawn Dog would love the opportunity to help! Let our team of LOCAL experts help assess the needs of your lawn and make a custom plan from there. Help your lawn breathe again today by calling 618-307-6679 or filling out the contact form by clicking here for your complimentary estimate.