What is lawn aeration?
Lawn aeration involves the removal of small soil plugs or cores out of the lawn. Aeration holes are typically 1-6 inches deep and 2-6 inches apart. This is a recommended lawn care practice on compacted, heavily used turf and struggling lawns.
What will aeration do for my lawn?
As lawns age and receive use from play, sports activities, pets, vehicle traffic and parking, soil compaction can result. Compaction reduces the room ability for air to flow in your soil, which makes it hard for seeds and roots to grow.
Aside from combatting soil compaction, the benefits of aeration are:
- Increased ability for the soil to intake water
- Reduced water runoff and puddle formation
- Stronger roots
- Enhanced heat tolerance
- Healthier and thicker turf
How often should I aerate my lawn?
Our typical advice is to have your lawn aerated once a year. A Spring and Fall aeration could be beneficial if your yard receives more than the average use. Another factor to consider is the type of grass and the type of soil. For example, If your home is built on a heavier clay you might benefit from a semi-annual aeration.
When should I aerate?
Spring and fall are the best times to aerate in Missouri. At VOSS we typically schedule a Spring aeration for homeowners who use our annual landscape packages. In late-March and early-April your lawn is coming out of dormancy and preparing for rapid growth. Lawns will recover quickly from aeration at this time, and the competition from weeds is also minimal.
Once the aeration is complete, your yard will show immediate signs of growth. The holes will begin to fill with fresh soil and actively growing roots and you will notice the soil begin to feel softer under your feet.
If it has been over a year since your last aeration or if you are looking to get ahead of the growing season, give us a call at (573) 268-394. Our lawn experts will get your soil healthy, your grass green, and your neighbors jealous.
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