For your lawn and landscape to truly flourish throughout the warmer months, it requires a multitude of knowledge, techniques, and proper processes. As we learned earlier this season, proper watering techniques is one of the essential parts to properly caring for your lawn, now let’s learn how your lawn benefits from aeration.
What is AerationThe process of removing small “plugs” from the lawn that are made up of thatch and soil is called aeration; this removal process helps to improve natural soil aeration. You may hear terms such as core aeration, coring, spiking, or slicing, but those all refer to the process of aeration. The process of aeration creates space in your soil so that air, water, and nutrients can make their way to the grassroots.
Benefits of Aerating Your LawnDuring the spring and summer months your lawn has the tendency to become “compacted” due to the amount of activity it sees; this prevents healthy growth for the following year unless it is aerated by the professionals at Grasshopper Gardens. Compacted soil has the ability to prevent water and fertilizer from reaching the roots which means the lawn has a harder time establishing a healthy root system. Aeration relieves this stress and encourages a healthy growth process.
Additional aerating benefits include:
• Intensifies thatch breakdown
• Healthy root growth
• Improved air, nutrient, and water movement
• Stronger, healthier roots
• Higher heat and drought tolerance
• Better incorporation of organic matter into the soil
• Reduced water runoff and puddling