Have you seen lawns that have these cores of dirt that have been pulled from the ground, and wondering what the purpose is? Here are some things that you should know about lawn aeration before you decide on if you will have it down to your lawn.
Aeration Is Performed Best At Certain Times Of The Year
The time to aerate will really depend on what kind of grass you have. Cool-season grasses prefer aeration in the fall, with it being done a few weeks prior to that first frost. You can also have aeration done in the spring when the weather is cooler. Warm-season grasses, like Bermuda grass, need to aerate in the early summer months before the outdoor weather becomes too hot. The grass will be actively growing at this time, and aeration will provide the best results.
Aeration Provides Soil Compaction Relief
One of the main reasons to aerate your lawn is to relieve issues with soil compaction. This happens over time due to people walking on the lawn, using lawn care equipment, and having kids play on it. The layer of compacted soil is going to prevent nutrients and water from reaching the grass, which can inhibit its growth and cause it to not look so great.
When you have core aeration performed on a lawn, it is going to loosen the soil and open up places where water can get into the soil. Oxygen is also going to be able to enter the soil, and the soil will release carbon monoxide as well. This allows the grass to breathe and provides healthy roots. If the roots are healthy below the soil, it is going to result in great-looking grass above the soil. In addition, compacted soil is going to cause pooling water to form on the surface. Aeration will great those holes where the water can flow, and you'll have fewer issues with pooling water as a result.
Aeration Helps With Thatching
Have you noticed thick patches of dry grass on your lawn? This is known as thatching, and it's a problem that is going to harm your grass over time. You can use core aeration as a way to bring up parts of the soil to the top layer of the grass where the thatch is located. This should help breathe new life into the grass and help it become healthy again.
A soil aeration tool can help you aerate your grass.
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