The Top 3 Benefits Of Lawn Aeration
It’s almost spring – and that means that it’s “go-time” if you’re looking to build up a beautiful, healthy, happy lawn. Winter can be hard on your lawn – even in more temperate climates like the Atlanta, GA, region. Heavy storms can cause drainage issues, soil compaction and wreak havoc on your grass – so you need to take appropriate steps to recover every year.
One of these steps should be Lawn Aeration. Aeration is a simple process – using manual or powered equipment, your lawn is punched with thousands of tiny holes, breaking up compacted clumps of soil and allowing your grass to have room to grow.
It’s crucial that you aerate your soil early – and here are 3 reasons why that’s the case.
Aeration Reduces Soil Compaction
Soil compaction is very common in areas that get a lot of foot traffic. Essentially, soil compaction is exactly what it sounds like – repetitive pressure on a particular area of your lawn displaces air from between the grains of soil in your lawn.
This densely compacted soil is more prone to erosion and runoff, as it cannot absorb water easily. This diminishes the health of your lawn, and can even lead to the death of grass on a heavily-compacted area. It’s also hard for healthy grass to grow in compacted soil – roots have a more difficult time “punching through” dense, compacted dirt.
Aeration relieves soil compaction by providing gaps into which dirt, air and roots can go, reducing the density of your dirt and providing a better growing area.
Aeration Allows Oxygen And Water To Stimulate Root Systems
Even non-compacted turf benefits from regular aeration. Aeration allows oxygen and water to more easily flow in your lawn, and to stimulate the roots of your grass. This is crucial to healthy growth.
Aeration allows easy ingress of nutrients such as fertilizers and water into the roots of grass. In addition, roots can use the more broken-up soil to gain a better hold on your lawn, better resisting erosion and runoff, and increasing the health of your lawn.
Aeration Reduces Lawn Thatch
“Lawn thatch” is a natural part of the grass growing process, composed mainly of leaves, stems, and roots that can be either living or dead. This tightly woven layer of thatch lies on top of the soil, and can usually be seen below your living grass.
Low levels of thatch are totally normal, and can improve resistance to erosion, insulate your grass, and slow water loss.
However, when thatch builds up excessively, it can block sunlight from reaching your lower grass blades, foster disease by holding moisture too closely to your grass blades, and prevent water and fertilizer from properly reaching your root systems.
Aeration is crucial to controlling thatch. Aeration breaks up thatch – especially dead stems, roots, and leaves – and spreads it more evenly across the grass surface, allowing some of it to run off, and reducing the overall impact and density of your thatch layer, while still preserving an overall healthy level of thatching.
Need Professional Aeration Services? Talk To O’Neill Landscape Group Today!
Small scale aeration projects can easily be done on your own – but if you’re short on time, or need a professional analysis of your aeration needs, get in touch with O’Neill Landscape Group today!
We’re experts at managing your spring aeration, and can provide you with top-notch services that include reseeding, fertilization, and comprehensive spring planting solutions.
So whether you need some simple aeration work, or are looking to restore a lawn that’s seen better days, contact O’Neill Landscape Group now – and see how we can beautify and restore your lawn in the spring for healthy growth all year round.