Everyone dreams of having a perfectly manicured lawn. A lawn where barbecues and family gatherings take place. It’s a vision of the American dream.
But not everyone wants to go through the effort it takes to maintain their lawn. Others simply don’t realize there are a few simple steps that can be taken to help get and keep a beautiful lawn.
Lawn aeration is essential to a healthy and gorgeous lawn. But do you know why? We’re sharing with you four important benefits to aerating your lawn. But first, some background into aeration.
What is Lawn Aeration?
Since your lawn is a living organism, it too needs food, water, and air in order for it to be healthy. The process of aeration pokes small holes into the soil to allow water, air, and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots.
The result is that the roots grow more deeply, producing a stronger, healthier lawn. Aerating also alleviates soil compaction and provides ideal conditions for overseeding. Aeration works best when the grass is actively growing in the late summer through fall time.
But proper nutrients aren’t the only advantage to lawn aeration.
1. More Durable and Resistant to Foot Traffic
If you have a lawn, most likely you want to use your lawn. If you have kids or entertain often, your lawn might take a bit of a beating. That’s why aerating your lawn is so vital. When your lawn receives all the air, water, and nutrients it needs, it grows strong and is more durable. Just like when you eat all your veggies, you’re more likely to ward off colds and other illnesses.
2. Reduced Water Runoff
Water runoff is important to keep at bay for several reasons. First, too much water can kill your lawn. Secondly, it’s a health hazard for humans.
3. Improved Fertilizer Uptake
Your lawn needs nitrogen to thrive. It is primarily absorbed into the grass by its root system. Fertilizing your lawn helps increase the amount of nitrogen your lawn can absorb. The results of increased nitrogen are:
- Grass grows stronger and more resilient
- Grass grows faster
- Plays an important role in the production of chlorophyll, resulting in a greener looking lawn
4. Helps Prevent Disease
When a human body is fed the wrong food, it eventually gets sick. The body doesn’t have the proper nutrients it needs to fight off disease. To stop being sick, the body is usually given medicine and hopefully more nutritious food to help it heal.
The same goes for your lawn. When your lawn is prevented from receiving the proper nutrients, it becomes difficult for your lawn to fight off disease. This often happens when layer after layer of sediment, soil layering, or thatch get matted down year after year.
Aerating your lawn acts like your medicine, going in and busting up spots where stagnation and disease have occurred and flushes it out. The result is a more resilient, better-looking lawn.
Most lawns benefit from yearly aeration. Call your local lawn care experts and schedule your annual lawn aeration today.