Why aeration is your key to a healthy, thriving lawn


December 9, 2021

You’ve heard of aeration...but what’s the big deal? Poking holes in your lawn might sound counterintuitive - after all how can you grow a lush lawn if you are actively poking holes in it? Aeration is more than just poking holes in your lawn - it’s perforating the soil to allow essential nutrients to reach the grass roots. These nutrients are not only key for healthy grow, but the key to growing a healthy and robust lawn. 

Why 

You might be wondering why you have to aerate to begin with. Shouldn’t the nutrients be reaching the grass naturally? You would hope so - but the fact of the matter is that without the assistance of aeration, your soil becomes very compact. This makes it hard for the essential nutrients your grass desires to reach the roots. 

When

This is a two-parter: when you should do it seasonally, and when your lawn is ready for aeration. Let’s tackle the first part first, you should aerate your lawn in the growing season - we recommend in the spring and in the fall. This will help your grass grower faster and begin to get established before things really heat up. 

In terms of how you know your lawn is ready/needs to be aerated, look for the following signs:
  • The ground feels heavy - such as it would be hard/extremely uncomfortable to lay on or fall on. While ground isn’t made to feel comfortable, it shouldn’t feel like a concrete slab.
  • If your lawn was started with sod - aeration is a must! Lawns that have been started with sod can use a good aeration to help get it started.
  • If you have recently built your home, and had to start your lawn from the very beginning, you should try aerating it for the first few years to help stimulate growth.
  • If your lawn easily dries out and doesn’t hold moisture, it is ready for an aeration.

How

Aeration can be tricky - it is possible to do it yourself, but it is an all day project. Maybe even longer depending on the size of your lawn. You can get an aeration machine, but know that by doing so you will need to go over each area twice as most machines only cover a small section at a time. You can also buy shoes with spikes on them, but depending on the size of your yard that could also take some time. You can always hire a service as well - but it’s important whatever you do you pick what works best for your lawn.

At Growing Green, we are here to help you with any of your needs. From advising you on proper landscaping techniques, to helping you build and maintain a beautiful lawn/landscaping we are here to help. We also offer a number of services for the winter months - particularly when it comes to snow! This includes snow removal/plowing, and helping you plan for the spring months. Contact us as soon as you can to make an appointment or to get a free quote! 
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