Getting the beautiful green lawn takes little steps that end up having a big impact. Watering and even the timing of water becomes important to the healthy growth and maintenance of your yard. Other proactive steps you can take only happen a few times each year. One process that will make all the difference in keeping your lawn green is aeration. Keep reading to learn about aeration and the most important benefits it brings to your property.
What is Aeration?
At its core, lawn aeration is a process that lets your grass, and the soil beneath it, breathe more freely. The practice opens small holes in the ground that pierce the roots and thatch, allowing water and airflow into the root structure of the grass. Many times, aeration pulls small cores of soil using a motor-based machine or hand tool.
Benefit 1: Improve the Health of Your Turf
Aeration can improve your turf’s health. The task opens up the root area to better-accessing air, fertilizer, and water. This access brings deeper and stronger roots for your grass.
Benefit 2: Break up Thatch
Thatch is the layer of dead grass piling up on your lawn. If left to accumulate on its own, a thick layer of thatch prevents rainwater and nutrients from getting to the grass root system. Aeration can respond to this issue by bringing microorganisms that break thatch down from under the soil to the top layer.
Benefit 3: Combats Compacted Soil
The more compression in your soil, the less air, fertilizer, and water ends up getting to your lawn’s root system. Compression can lead to thinning or dead spots in your lawn. Aeration helps to relieve some of the pressure from your lawn by making it less dense.
Benefit 4: Paves the Way for pH Modification
Adding lime or sulphur after aeration leads the pH deeper in the soil to change. This deep change makes more nutrients available for the grass network.
Benefit 5: Lowers the Puddling and Water Runoff
Aeration can make space in the soil for more water to collect. If your lawn constantly has puddles after a storm, look into aeration to combat that.
Independent Lawn Service™ provides residential and commercial lawn care. Our trained and experienced professionals can give your family or business the lawn you have always wanted. To learn more about our aeration process, click here. To schedule lawn care, give us a call today at (734) 887-1081.