Do I need to aerate my lawn?

Who needs Lawn Aeration?

Actually, a lot of us do... Turns out that our lawns will deteriorate over time due to thatch formation and soil compaction.  And so it's pretty darn important to Aerate to help manage this... 

What is Lawn Aeration?

Aeration is basically drilling into the soil with small holes of about 1-6 inches deep and 1-2 inches apart to allow air, water, and nutrients to penetrate the grassroots. Aeration helps the roots grow deeper and produce a stronger and more healthy lawn.

The principal objective of lawn aeration is to alleviate soil compaction and reduce thatch buildup. Compacted soils have many solid particles in a particular space, which prevents proper circulation of air, water, and nutrients in the earth. Excess lawn thatch buildup under the grass surface also starve the roots from these essential elements.

Benefits of Lawn Aeration:

·      Lawn Aeration increases the activities of microorganism that helps to decompose thatch. 

·      It improves the movement of nutrient, water, and oxygen in the soil, enhancing the adequate growth of the grass.

·      Helps to prevent fertilizer and pesticide run-off from the overly compacted soil.

·      It enhances infiltration of the soil by rainfall or irrigation.

How do I know if I need Lawn Aeration?

One of our most common questions from customers is, "how do I know if my lawn needs to be aerated?"  A quick way to find out is to (temporarily) remove a small section of your lawn to check the length of your grassroots. If the roots are only 1-2 inches, the soil is probably compacted and needs to be aerated.

Other reasons for lawn aeration include:

·      Heavy use of the lawn, such as serving as a race track or children's playground. 

·      When the lawn dries out easily and has a spongy texture.

·      When the thatch layer greater than 2 inches.

When To Aerate Lawn:

The lawn can be aerated at any time when the ground is slightly wet but should not when it is extremely wet and dry. If it is dry, it should be thoroughly watered for two days before aerating. Spring and Autumn are the best time for lawn aeration.

Clay soil easily compacts and should be aerated one to two times per year.  A lawn with sandy soil can be aerated once a year or in alternating years.