What Is Aeration And Why Is It Important?
The main reason for aerating is to relieve soil compaction. Compacted soils have too many solid particles in a certain volume or space, preventing proper circulation of air, water and nutrients. When soil becomes compacted, even slightly, it restricts the flow of vital nutrients that support thicker, healthier turf growth. A layer of compacted soil as thin as 1/4 to 1/2 inches thick can make a significant difference in the health and beauty of your lawn.1
We use a machine called a core aerator which removes 1” to 1 ½” plugs of soil from the turf area, creating an artificial system of large or noncapillary pores, allowing soil to absorb moisture and plant nutrients. They also provide a breathing system through which carbon dioxide can escape from the soil and oxygen can enter the soil.2
Should You Aerate Your Lawn?
Almost any lawn can benefit from aeration. Your lawn may be a good candidate if:
Heavy Use- Traffic from children, pets or guests parking on your lawn.
Newly constructed homes
Dries out easily and has a “spongy” feel- This could mean you have a thatch problem, which can be alleviated with aeration.
Your lawn was established by sod
1 Hansen, J. (2018, October 16). “Why, When and How to Aerate Your Lawn,” Pennington.com
2 Harper, J. C., "Aeration of Turfgrass Areas," PennState Center for Turfgrass Science
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