Lawn aeration is something you’ve probably heard of, even if you don’t know what it is, whether you’re a seasoned gardener or a beginner with an interest in landscaping.
A thicker, healthier grass is the result of simple, routine upkeep. Annual tasks, however, can play a crucial part in boosting small enhancements made over the course of the year. Many homeowners perform annual aeration of their lawns to reduce soil compaction and promote grass growth. When done at the right time and with the right technique, landscaping and aeration can improve its health and appearance.
In this post, we will explain in detail what lawn aeration is, why and when it should be done.
Aerating your lawn entails puncturing the soil with tiny holes so that water, air, and nutrients can reach the plant roots. A well-aerated soil environment encourages robust grass root development and deeper soil penetration.
Since aeration encourages soil compaction and dethatching, it’s something to think about. The many solid particles in compacted soils are likely to obstruct the free movement of vital soil nutrients, water, and air.
If your lawn has excessive thatch, it signifies that there is a build-up of organic matter between the soil and the grass blades. The dense cover may prevent the necessary nutrients from reaching the soil. However, this problem can be fixed by aerating the soil.
Why Aeration Is Good For Grass?
In order to develop deeply and robustly, grass roots require access to oxygen, water, and nutrients. Compacted soil prevents the free movement of water, air, and nutrients, all of which are necessary for a lush, healthy lawn.
The health and appearance of your lawn can be greatly improved by applying a layer of compacted soil only a quarter to a half an inch deep. Aeration relieves compacted soil by poking holes into it, allowing air, water, and nutrients to reach grass roots.
Lawn grasses suffer in extreme temperatures and drought when their basic demands aren’t met by soil that has been compacted. Grass begins to wilt and die from a lack of air, water, and nutrients while being only centimetres away. If your lawn has been struggling, a single aeration session may be all that’s needed to get it back on the right track.
Time Of Year To Aerate Your Lawn:
Aerating is best done before or just before your grasses’ peak season of natural growth, as is the case with most major lawn projects like planting grass seed. Aerating lawns is helpful, but doing so at the wrong time can put stress on the grass. Do not aerate lawns when they are dormant.
Aerating is most effective for cool-season grasses, like those found in northern lawns, in the early fall or early spring. Aerating is most effective for warm-season grasses, such as those found in southern lawns, in late spring or early summer. Grass quickly recovers and fills in areas where aerator gear uncovers soil when aeration occurs during active growth.
When you aerate your lawn the day after it has been watered or it has rained, the soil is already damp, making the process easier for you (or the person operating the equipment). Soil that is too dry can be difficult to aerate, but when it’s damp, the process is simplified. Wait a few days before aerating a lawn if it has been raining heavily.
What Follow-Up Maintenance Is Necessary After Lawn Aeration?
To get the most out of your lawn care efforts, try to time your aeration with other routine tasks like fertilizer, amending the soil, or overseeding. To be effective, water, fertilizer, and grass seed must penetrate the lawn and reach the soil underneath.
Core aerating can be used to pave the way for them to reach their destination. You can also aid the recovery of your lawn by applying fertilizer right after core aeration.