WHAT IS AERATION (AND WHY YOU NEED IT)
WHY YOUR LAWN NEEDS AERATION
As the fall season approaches and summer comes to an end, it’s still very important to care for your lawn. The month of September can be one of the hottest or most wet months of the year. Aeration is one of the best ways to pre-treat your lawn for the next year. But, what is aeration?
Technically speaking, aeration is the naturally occurring process of air exchange between the soil and its surrounding atmosphere. However, if we’re speaking practically, it is the process of mechanically removing small plugs of thatch and dirt from the lawn to improve the natural soil. In the lawn service industry it is commonly referred to as “core aeration.” Most homeowners know it as simply aeration.
Aeration will reduce soil compaction and promote root growth for healthier grass by removing small cores of soil from your lawn.
Not only does having a aerated lawn help reduce soil compaction, but it allows water to reach deep and through the root zone. Due to this microorganisms living in the soil are greatly benefited. These organisms break down existing thatch, improve soil quality and release additional nutrients for healthy plant development. The holes created through this process allow roots to expand as well as improve turf quality and vitality.
Over seeding allows new grass varieties to be introduced to a lawn. It also provides resistance to diseases and insect attacks. Additionally, as a lawn thickens with the new seed growth it will also be better suited to crowd out weeds. As a result, new plant growth and thickening of the lawn will provide you with a beautiful weed free green lawn!