What is Lawn Aerating?
Lawn aeration involves the removal of small soil plugs or cores done mechanically with a machine having hollow tines or spoons mounted on a disk or drum. It extracts 1/2 to 3/4 inch diameter cores of soil and deposits them on your lawn. Aeration holes are typically 1-6 inches deep and 2-6 inches apart.
How does Aerating help your lawn?
The basic idea behind lawn aeration is that, like you, your lawn and the soil under it need to breathe. Lawn aeration reduces soil compaction, allowing water and fertilizer to permeate into the root zone. Grassy areas submitted to constant foot traffic require lawn aeration more frequently.
When to Aerate your lawn?
Lawn aeration may be undertaken in the spring, as soon as the soil has thawed. But for Northern lawns, the fall season is better suited to lawn aeration.
Benefits of Lawn Aeration from Landscape Aquagation:
- Reduces soil compaction
- Stimulates root health and growth
- Allows oxygen to get into the soil
- Allows water and fertilizer to get to the roots
- Decreases water runoff
- Helps thatch breakdown
- Allows the turf to become more heat and drought resistant