You may have heard about aeration, but do you know what it is and why it’s important?
Aerating is poking holes or removing small plugs of turf from your lawn in a regular pattern and should be part of your regular . There are several benefits of regular aeration, but only one really good way to do it. We will talk about how to get it done later in this post.
When you aerate your lawn, you leave deep little holes going right down to your lawn’s root system. This allows a way for air, water and fertilizer to get down to the roots where they can do some good. You may even cut down on your watering and fertilizing.
Aeration also helps to break up thatch. It can’t completely solve thatch problems, at least not in most cases, but it churns the soil up just enough to activate microbes that will work to decompose thatch.
How To Tell If Your Lawn Needs To Be Aerated
Does water puddle on your lawn after a rain or watering? This could be a sign of excessive thatch or soil compaction, and it means that you need to aerate. If you want to check your thatch level, grab a shovel and push it down about halfway into your lawn. If you had to put all your weight on the shovel, the soil is too compacted and needs a good aerating.
Now dig a small square. That stuff that looks like dead roots between the grass and soil is actually thatch. If it is thicker than about 1.25 centimeters, you have to take care of it. Start by aerating, and see how that goes. Of course, it would be wise to talk to a lawn professional about excessive thatch.
How To Aerate Your Lawn
Knowing what time of year to aerate and whether to poke holes or remove plugs is critical knowledge. The moisture level of the soil matters too, especially in our dry climate. Aeration is one thing that deserves a call to a professional when you want to have your lawn taken care of.