September 26, 2014
If your lawn is healthy, you’ll be able to enjoy it—and to keep your lawn healthy, lawn aeration at the right time of year is key. Lawn aeration is a facelift for your yard, an antidote to soil compaction and nutrient absorption problems.
The aeration process yields big results. Your PhD-certified lawn care specialist will use a mechanical device designed to pull up evenly spaced, tiny plugs, each composed of turf, thatch and underlying soil. Over a couple of weeks, those plugs break down and feed nutrients back into the lawn. Water can seep deeper into your yard more quickly, encouraging deep root systems.
Keeping Thatch Under Control
Lawn aeration can minimize thatch, that layer of organic matter that can build up between your grass’s green leaves and the soil surface. A little thatch can be healthy, but if it gets to be more than half an inch thick, it can create a safe haven for diseases, insects, molds and other stressors while limiting your grass’s root system. Lawn aeration pulls some of that thatch to the surface where it can biodegrade, turning a potential lawn hazard into natural plant food.
Spring & Fall Applications
In the spring, aeration opens up pathways for nutrients and life-giving water, straight to new roots and shoots. If you have thin or bare patches in your yard, aeration can also provide a chance to overseed, allowing new seed to fall deeper into the turf and gain solid purchase. Some grass species will need to be overseeded in the fall instead of spring, so consult a TruGreen lawn care specialist to make sure you’re using the proper techniques for your particular yard.
In the fall, aeration can let in light and air, keeping the dangers of mold under control and even minimizing the chances of winter lawn threats like snow mold. Proper fall fertilization in conjunction with aeration can allow those nutrients to reach the roots of your turf, providing a healthy control to the chances of snow mold growth.
Love Your Lawn
Lawn aeration is like a breath of fresh air for your lawn. If you’re noticing thin or bare patches, water puddles on your yard after a rain or too much thatch, go to TruGreen.com and set up an appointment. Your lawn care specialist knows all the lawn aeration tips and tricks—your yard will be looking lush in no time.