Achieving A Beautiful Lawn With Aeration
In order to achieve and maintain a beautiful lawn, you should employ basic lawn care practices such as properly mowing, fertilising and watering. It is also important to ensure that nutrients can reach the soil beneath your grass. Aeration is essential for the process to work effectively.
Aeration involves perforating the soil with small holes to allow air, water and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots. This helps the roots grow deeply and produce a stronger, more vigorous lawn.
The main reason for aerating is to:
Alleviate soil compaction.
Improve air exchange between the soil and atmosphere.
Enhanced soil water absorption.
Improved fertiliser uptake and use.
Reduced water runoff and puddling.
Stronger turfgrass roots.
Reduced soil compaction.
Excess lawn thatch or heavy organic debris buried under the grass surface can also starve the roots from these essential elements.
One of the most common questions from homeowners is how to determine if they should be aerating their lawn. Your lawn is probably a good candidate for aeration if it:
- Gets heavy use, children and pets contribute to soil compaction.
- Often, the topsoil of newly constructed lawns is stripped or buried, and the
grass established on subsoil has been compacted by construction traffic.
- Dries out easily and has a spongy feel.
- If the thatch layer is greater than one-half inch, aeration is recommended.
- Soil layering which disrupts drainage.
The Best Time For Aeration
Aerating breaks up the layering, allowing water to flow through the soil more easily and reach the roots.
The best time for aeration is during the growing season, when the grass can heal and fill in any open areas after soil plugs are removed. After aerating, it’s important to continue basic lawn care practices such as proper fertilising, mowing and watering.
Aeration is a beneficial practice toward achieving a beautiful lawn, but most people don’t realise it or understand the process. If your lawn is a candidate, make it an integral part of your lawn care regime. Your lawn will thank you for letting it breathe again.