My lawn needs aeration? Why?
In the long run, your lawn could become compacted by heavy rains or just walking on it. The compacted surface stops air, water, and nutrients from getting to the tree’s roots. This is why there are many benefits of aerating your lawn.
What is the best time to aerate?
Aeration can be done at any point in the growing season. The number of times your lawn necessitates aerating depends on the soil compaction. The two most common times to aerate are fall and spring. Spring aeration offers grass plants with more boost and delivers faster greening. Fall aeration aids in toughening underground roots while providing an excellent bed for overseeding.
Your tree service professional can tell if your lawn requires aerating and recommend the right time to get it done.
How does an aerator work?
There are many types of walk-behind and pull aerators in the industry. The most popular is core-type equipment that eliminates little plugs from the grass. Core aerators have access of 2 ½ inches and get rid of plugs from ¼ to ¾ inches in diameter. Spiky parts shove small tines into the turf without detaching soil plugs. A third type, slicing aerators, practically slices through the soil creating openings.
What are some long-term and immediate benefits?
Aeration quickly opens up the soil to water, nutrients, and air. The openings create better water movement and air penetration, giving roots room to stretch out and flourish, becoming dense and vigorous.
Over time, aerated lawns are less predisposed to thatch buildup and diseases. In some instances, the process can even resolve small thatch issues. Moreover, aeration decreases water runoff and enhances turf tolerance to drought and heat.
Aeration is a natural procedure that has no adverse side effects. Even the little plugs left behind by core-type aerators are valuable. In the process of breaking down, they put a light coating of top dressing that assists in decomposing thatch amassed at the base of the trees.
Why is aeration needed?
Aeration not only aids in reducing soil compaction, but it lets water get deep and in the root area. This helps microorganisms living in the soil. These organisms decompose current thatch, enriching soil quality and releasing more nutrients for healthy tree development.
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