Lawn aeration is an important part of maintaining a healthy lawn. Aeration is a process of removing small plugs of soil and grass to help water and nutrients reach the turf’s root system. Your lawn needs oxygen, carbon dioxide, water and sunlight. Oxygen is important to the turf’s root system. It uses oxygen when it metabolizes the sugar that is stored from photosynthesis. The plant will starve if doesn’t have oxygen.
Not all aerators are created equal. It’s important to use core aeration equipment, which removes plugs, versus tools that just push soil back into the ground. In our day to day lives we compact our soil by walking, playing football, mowing and other activities. Aeration opens up the soil and turf. Depending on the amount of traffic on your lawn you should aerate your lawn once or twice a year. Initially aeration stresses your lawn. After it heals your lawn will be much healthier, which will be evident by the thick, lush and green lawn that will come. Typically, aerations are done in the spring and fall. These cooler periods cause less stress for the turf and accelerate the healing process. There is preparation for the homeowner prior to aerating the lawn. The lawn should be mowed to a shorter height and given at least one inch of water two days prior. This will help with the healing process. After the aeration is completed you should give the lawn one inch of water two times weekly. Keep in mind these are typical recommendations. Your 1-800-LAWN-CARE professional may have different recommendations based on the grass type, soil and sunlight. For a free lawn aeration estimate call us today.