Need another reason to aerate your lawn this fall?
Aeration controls 1) weeds and 2) turf disease, while also helping repair 3) grub damage, and 4) revitalize lawn color. With benefits like these, there is no reason not to aerate your lawn. We’re here to explain why aeration is the single best thing you can do for your lawn to keep it as healthy as possible.
Aeration & Weed Control
Instead of lugging around a big jug of herbicide every time a dandelion or patch of crabgrass pops up, beat weed growth with aeration. The process removes small plugs from the soil every few inches apart, which then allows water, oxygen, and fertilizer or other nutrients to absorb into the soil and reach grass roots. It allows allows the roots themselves to stretch out, which promotes lusher lawn growth. Thick grass crowds out weeds, making it harder or even impossible for them to grow.
Aeration & Turf Disease
Compacted soil is bad for grass. It is less absorbent, and thatch – the thin layer of decomposing vegetation between grass and soil – can also prevent air, sunlight, and nutrients from reaching grass roots when it gets compressed. Overwatering, rainfall, and walking or driving on grass leads to soil compaction, a leading cause of lawn disease. By aerating your yard, you not only loosen soil but also break up thatch. Lawn professionals, including Lawn Pride, recommend at least one aeration a year. Fall is the ideal time because grass root growth is at its peak.
Aeration & Grub Damage
Grubs are some of the most damaging pests that find their way onto, and underneath our yards. While Lawn Pride recommends a variety of approaches for controlling grubs, if the only thing you choose to do is aerate, you can still pack a mighty grub prevention punch. While aeration will not CONTROL grub damage, core aeration, along with seeding, can help repair the damages left behind from grubs. Compacted soil and thick thatch also serve as added protection for grubs, protecting them from natural predators such as birds, while also shielding them from many pesticide treatments. Aeration holes break through those shields, and make it easy for predators and pesticides to reach any grubs in your soil.
Aeration & Lawn Color/Density
Although grass is a naturally resilient plant, it is easily stressed. This is especially evident by dull, yellow blades. If left untreated, grass will eventually thin, wilt, and die. Any and all of the above issues can lead to grass stress and death – weeds, compacted soil, and pests. It is amazing just how much a single aeration can rejuvenate a lawn, restoring its fullness and rich green color.