Aerate your lawn this spring

Now that spring is on the way it’s a great time to think about your lawn.

Aeration

Aeration is the process of removing plugs of soil from your lawn. This creates spaces for air, water and nutrients to penetrate into the soil and promotes the growth of beneficial microorganisms. It also increases water absorption and reduces surface runoff.

Aeration is essential for compacted soil. Signs of compacted soil are: bare patches standing water after rain decreased grass vitality.
To test for compacted soil, stick a screwdriver or pencil into the soil. If the soil is compacted this will be difficult to do.

Aeration is also essential to reduce thatch problems. Thatch is that tough layer of dead organic matter between the lawn and the soil. When thatch becomes too thick, it blocks water and nutrients from getting to the soil.

Avoid aerating when your soil is very dry. Wait until after it has rained or water deeply the day before you aerate. Spring and fall are the best times to aerate.

It is a great idea to add high quality grass seed after aerating. Topdressing can also be done.

Aerators can be rented or lawn care companies can provide this service.

Contact us today about aerating your lawn.

On January 23, 2013, posted in: Seasonal Tips by
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