Importance of Lawn Aeration


One of the keys to having a healthy and lush lawn is to aerate it when needed. Sometimes what you may think is insect, under watering or fertilizer problems are actually happening simply because you are not aerating the soil as frequently as you should.

Soil compaction is an enemy of a good healthy lawn, and it happens when the top 4 in. or so of topsoil become compacted to the point where nutrients, oxygen, and water are prevented from circulating around the grass roots properly. When you aerate the soil, you essentially are loosening it up to allow room for nutrients and air to circulate down into the soil. Soil compaction often becomes a problem in high-traffic areas where people and pets seem to frequent, rather than less traveled areas of the lawn.

A very cheap and inexpensive way to find out if your soil is too compacted and therefore in need of aeration, is to take a simple screwdriver out to your lawn after it has been watered and try to push the screwdriver down into the soil. If the screwdriver goes into the soil with almost no resistance at all, then there is no compaction problem that you need to be concerned about. But on the other hand, if you find it's difficult to get the screwdriver into the soil, then you'll need to aerate your soil as quickly as possible.

The really good news about lawn aeration is that for most yards it's a very inexpensive thing to do.

When aerating your lawn, its good too go in one direction first, and then go over the entire lawn in a different direction, perpendicular to what you had just done. If you use this method to go over the entire lawn at least twice you should get great results from your aerating.

If there are spots in your yard where the grass is sparse, you can also combine seeding and aerating at the same time. Lawn aeration is a very important, but often overlooked part of good lawn care.


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317 Dogwood Lane
Belmont, NC

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10601 Fairway Ridge Rd
Charlotte, NC

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