Lawn Aeration Benefits
What is Aeration?
Aeration allows more air to reach between the soil and roots. Core aeration is the process of mechanically removing small plugs of thatch and soil from the lawn to improve natural soil aeration. The lawn aeration benefits from this process will help your lawn grow healthier and reduce maintenance requirements.
- Improved air exchange between the soil and atmosphere.
- Enhanced soil water absorption that reduces water runoff and puddling.
- Stronger grass roots and improved fertilizer uptake.
- Reduced soil compaction, thus improved resiliency and cushioning.
- Improves heat and drought tolerance.
- Breaks down heavy thatch build up.
Most lawns benefit from yearly aeration. Lawns with heavy clay or compacted soil may need more than one aeration each year. Turf responds best when tine spacing is closer together and penetration is deeper.
- If you have cool season turf grass both spring and fall are ideal times to aerate. In spring, aerate between March and May. Perform fall aeration between August and November.
- Warm season turf grasses such as Zoysia grass and Bermuda grass should be aerated in mid-spring to summer. In addition, avoid aerating warm season grasses during initial spring growth, but not until after their first spring mowing.
After aeration water your lawn. You will noticed your lawn will be riddled with small plugs pulled from the soil. Give it a week or two for those plugs to break apart and disappear into the lawn. On compacted soils and lawns with slopes, you should see an immediate difference in water puddling and runoff after irrigation or rainfall.
You should see some improvements with your lawn grass growth. Aerating annually does keep your soil maintained. Part of good lawn maintenance is following aeration with a fertilization schedule that will promote growth and strengthen grass in your lawn.
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Published on March 4th, 2018
Updated on July 4th, 2018