What is lawn aeration?
Lawn aeration comes down to one simple idea: like all living things, your lawn and the soil beneath it need to breathe. The lawn aeration process helps to control lawn thatch as well as breaking up compacted soil, which allows your lawn to breathe and grow, while increasing water and fertilizer absorption by allowing them to penetrate deeper, toward the roots of the grass and the surrounding plants and foliage.
Without aeration, your lawn is prone to suffocation issues and a lack of nutrients, which can lead to a less vibrant and less healthy lawn. Over several years without aeration, lawns can thin out and lose the bold green color that makes it beautiful. This can eventually lead to the lawn dying outright, even with the air, water, and nutrients it needs being mear inches away.
The actual act of aeration involves using a machine to perforate the soil under your grass with small holes to allow these vital nutrients to be able to reach the roots of your lawn, which helps them grow deeply and produce a stronger and more vibrant lawn.
Why aerate your yard?
Aerating your lawn only benefits your yard's ecosystem. Allowing nutrients, water, and oxygen to quickly and efficiently reach the roots allows your grass to grow stronger and more beautifully, which also ensures that your lawn will resist and survive the harsh (and unpredictable) weather in the Midwest. Lawns with heavy foot and/or vehicle traffic (pet traffic, too) are especially in need of aeration as they become compacted over time. Aeration also opens up the best opportunity for you to seed your lawn, which will help to thicken the turf layer and decrease weed growth throughout your lawn.
There are several other reasons you might consider aerating your lawn, some of which include:
If your lawn was established as part of a newly constructed home, the topsoil may be stripped or buried, and the grass could be compacted by construction traffic.
If your lawn dries out easily and/or has a spongy feel, your lawn could have a thatch problem and needs to be aerated.
If your lawn was established by sod, and soil layering exists. Aerating breaks up this layering, allowing water to flow through the soil more easily rather than being held on one of the soil layers.
When should you aerate your yard?
Determining when you should aerate your yard depends on a few factors; however, the primary one is what type of grass your yard has. Aerating cool-season grasses (Fescue, Bluegrass, Rye) should be done in the fall between August and October when the grass begins actively growing. Aerating warm-season grasses (Bermuda, Zoysia, St. Augustine) should be done in the spring, sometime between April and June. Generally, cool-season grasses are the most common in the Midwest, so aerating during the fall seasons would be the best option.
Competitive Yard Worx recommends yearly aeration for the best lawn health, especially in the Midwest. Between flooding from rain, intense summer heat, and deeply frozen soil from the year-round Midwestern weather, the soil under your lawn and your lawn itself takes a beating. Aerating your lawn ensures your lawn will grow to its strongest and most vibrant possible state, making for a more beautiful and easy to maintain lawn.
Thatch is a build-up of dead grass or grass clippings at the base of your lawn. Our process utilizes a machine that pulls up the dead grass from the yard. We then rake up all of the debris from the lawn and run mowers in the yard bagging up anything that didn't get raked up. This helps your lawn breath and is a great time to overseed for a thicker lawn.
Competitive Yard Worx are your experts for lawn care and maintenance. Contact Us today if you have questions, or would like to start the lawn aeration process this year to achieve a beautiful, vibrant, and healthy lawn.