In last week’s blog, we mentioned how birdbaths are beneficial because birds help with aeration. Just what IS aeration anyway? Lawn aeration refers to the method of removing small cores of soil from your yard, which reduces soil compaction and helps to make your grass healthier and more abundant. We specialize in landscape maintenance and have the expertise to make your landscape greener, healthier, and visually appealing. Aeration is a vital process in terms of landscape maintenance. Today we’ll discuss lawn aeration in more detail.
More Details About Aeration
From a technical standpoint, aeration occurs when air exchanges between the soil and its surrounding atmosphere. From a practical perspective, lawn aeration involves removing tiny plugs of thatch and dirt from the lawn to enhance natural soil ventilation. In the lawn care industry, landscaping experts sometimes refer to this process as “core aeration.” Other names include soil cultivation or slicing, spiking, and coring.
The Benefits of Lawn Aeration
Core aeration makes your lawn healthier and promotes low-maintenance landscaping by:
- Enhancing air exchange between the soil and its atmosphere
- Improving soil water uptake
- Making fertilizer uptake and use more effective
- Lessening water runoff and puddling
- Creating stronger turf grass roots
- Reducing soil compaction
- Enhancing heat and drought stress tolerance
- Aiding in resiliency and cushioning
- Improving thatch breakdown
Why is Compact Soil so Detrimental?
When the soil on your landscape is too compact, it inhibits grass from having healthy roots. Also, water and fertilizer end up, not reaching the grassroots. In a lot of residential landscapes, fertile topsoil usually isn’t present or becomes buried during excavation of the basement or footings. As a result, grass grows in compact clay-ridden soil that isn’t healthy. Walking and lawn mowing also causes stress to the ground as well as raindrops and irrigation.
How Often Should You Aerate?
For residential landscapes, we suggest that this process happens annually. In the case of commercial landscapes, especially sports turfs and golf fairways, this should occur twice a year or sometimes three to five times a year.
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