Aerating Your Lawn

August 15, 2013 | Gardening, Lawn Care, posted by Sasha

worker aerating a lawn

Aerating your lawn is one of the best things you can do to give it an extra boost. Watering and fertilizing are the essentials to lawn care, but aeration rounds everything out because it makes everything that you do for your lawn more effective. It allows the water to penetrate into the ground more effectively and it allows for nutrients to circulate through the soil more easily.

Benefits of Aeration

  • Aeration eases the stress on grass that has been under heavy traffic and become too compacted.

  • Aeration resolves thatch problems and prevent the grass from being suffocated by excessive thatch.

  • When sod is first laid down, there is a natural layering effect in the soil; aeration mixes the layers together and promotes water accessibility to all grass roots in the soil.

  • Deeper root growth is encouraged because of the improved water and nutrient circulation.

Aerating Your Lawn

Timing is important when it comes to lawn aeration. Make sure you aerate during active growing seasons of the grass so that they will actually be able to benefit from your efforts. It’s best to aerate the day after your lawn is watered or rained on to ensure that it is moist enough. Give highly compacted areas multiple times over with the aerator. The soil plugs that you’ll be taking out should be left above ground. Once they’ve dried, break them up with a rake and leave it on your lawn to make it appear more uniform.

Don’t let your lawn suffocate! Remember to aerate! If you have any questions or are interested in some fresh new sod, contact The Grass Outlet today.