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Everything You Need to Know About Lawn Aeration

Lawns Need Air Just Like You

Lawn care can be overwhelming and, at times, a little tedious, but it’s all worth it when you can show off a lawn greener than your neighbors. Sure it’s a little passive-aggressive, but you worked hard, so why not show off. While moving and watering your lawn is vital for grass health, you cannot overlook lawn aeration. If you never heard of this phrase, you’ve come to the right place, well, blog.

What Is Lawn Aeration?

Over time your lawn’s roots, in simple terms, will get clogged with thatch which is a layer of dead grass and other organic material. This thatch can compact underneath the soil of your lawn and take up valuable space for your grassroots to grow. On top of soil compaction, thatch can make it hard for water and oxygen to enter your grassroots, leading to a duller and unhealthy-looking lawn.

Lawn aeration solves this problem by puncturing the soil with holes to allow more air and water to enter the grassroots. Aeration is the process of using a tool to make small holes that give your grassroots more room to breathe and grow.

The Benefits of Lawn Aeration

Lawn aeration can make your grass happy because it can remove a high amount of soil compaction that probably leads to small patches of dead grass around your lawn. Aiding in soil compaction can make sure your lawn does not have any bald spots. When you aerate your lawns, you will also remove thatch along the way, which will help your lawns get more water, air, and other nutrients it needs to grow thicker and healthier. If you noticed your lawn’s color was okay but seemed a little thin in some spots or not as lush, well aerating your lawn might help.

Another benefit that you might not think of is saving your grass during rainy seasons because soil compaction and thatch make it hard for water to be absorbed by your lawn, leading to puddles of water forming on top of your lawn. Not only will you save your lawn, but you will save time when you take care of your lawn before harsh weather. You could be spending more money than you need to on fertilizer and your water bill trying to save a lawn that needs aeration. A thicker lawn is great, but a thicker wallet is even better. Don’t let all that hard work fertilizing, watering, and mowing your lawn be for nothing.

When Should You Aerate Your Lawn?

The most obvious sign your lawn needs aeration would be seeing patches of dead grass or thinning portions of your lawn, despite keeping proper maintenance as far as watering and mowing your lawn is concerned. Depending on the type of grass you have will determine when it’s best to aerate your lawn.

For warm-season grasses like Bermuda grass, you will likely need to aerate your grass during the Summer. For cool-season grasses like Kentucky bluegrass, your best bet is the Fall or early Spring season.Try to have your lawn aerated before it is too late because trying to fix a dead lawn can be far more expensive and time-consuming than just maintaining a lawn that needs a minor fix.

It might seem overwhelming knowing when and how to aerate your lawn, but thankfully at TurfOne Landscape Management we know a thing or two about lawns. So call us at (314) 310-7357 and we’ll see what your lawn needs and make it grow back as healthy as it can be in no time!