What is lawn aeration?
Just like you, your lawn needs to breathe. Aeration helps remove any excessive thatch that makes it difficult for your lawn to breathe. Lawn aeration also breaks up compacted soil, allowing water, air, and nutrients to permeate into the root zone.
REDUCES SOIL COMPACTION
Properties with high foot traffic compact soil and make root growth less prolific.
INCREASES WATER INFILTRATION
Water finds the lowest level. So, if you create thousands of holes in your turf, rain water is going to seek out the lowest points and directly nourish valuable turf roots. Less water runoff means more water for your lawn’s root system.
ENCOURAGES TURF ROOT GROWTH
With reduced soil compaction and some valuable nourishment, roots have a little room to stretch their legs. This expansion of the turf root system increases the foundation of the plant and improves its overall health.
REDUCES THATCH BUILDUP
Plugs left on the lawn provide valuable microbes that help breakdown excessive thatch layer. After the aeration holes fill in, a reduced thatch layer will allow for water to continue to penetrate and air to circulate among the blades of grass.
So when should you be aerating your lawn?
Aeration is best completed during the grass’ growing season, spring and fall. The fall is widely considered to be the ideal time to aerate your lawn, partially due to a reduced number of airborne weed seeds and the need to reinvigorate your soil after a long summer of foot traffic. The warm days and cool evenings of fall are also best for any overseeding that may occur in conjunction with aeration.