What is Aeration?
Aeration is a mechanical process used to deal with soil compaction by removing small cores of soil and depositing them on top of your lawn (don’t worry they dissolve quickly!). Performed in the spring as a stand-alone service or as part of a spring clean up service aeration provides many benefits. The top five benefits are listed below:
Reduced Soil Compaction
Soil compaction is a common and unavoidable issue with residential lawns that happens just under the surface of your grass in the top 1” to 2” of soil. Soil compaction is generally caused by soil composition, thatch, foot traffic, pets, equipment, weather, and water. Compacted soil hinders air, water, and nutrients from entering the soil, which prevents solid root growth. Aerating your lawn annually will keep your grasses roots healthy and your lawn looking its best!
Increased Air Flow To Your Soil
Like all living things, grasses’ roots need air to survive. Many factors can prevent adequate airflow from reaching the soil such as thick accumulations of thatch and soil compaction. Aerating machines pierce through the thatch layer into the ground to remove small cores of soil and allow air in. Aeration and preferably dethatching should be performed annually and will be the breath of fresh air that your lawn needs to look its best.
Increased Water Absorption
Tired of spending a fortune watering your lawn? Aeration is the best way to ensure the water you are applying to your lawn doesn’t go to waste! When soil is compacted or when too much thatch is present water is unable to reach your grasses’ roots which will lead to dry yellow grass or even dead patches. Poor water absorption can be particularly devastating in sloped or uneven areas in your lawn, in sloped areas the water may run off causing the grass and roots to receive minimal water or water in uneven areas may pool and drown your grass.
Increased Absorption of Fertilizer
Aeration should always be performed before applying a spring fertilizer. When soil is compacted or too much thatch is present, fertilizer granules may not reach the plant root system as desired. When the plugs of thatch and soil are removed from the ground, fertilizer is allowed closer to the root system making it more effective.
Deeper, Stronger Grass Roots
Once your lawn is aerated and the root system is exposed to air, water, and fertilizer your grass will start to thrive. A deeper stronger set of roots will develop and yield greener healthier grass. Healthy grass looks beautiful, reduces dust, naturally snuffs out weed grasses, and adds value to your home.
If this is a service you are interested in give us a call at 780-539-7090 or visit our website www.gplawndoctor.com to request pricing today!