With spring fast approaching, it’s time to think about aerating your lawn. This is best done during the spring growing season so your lawn can “heal” quicker and more effectively.
Lawn aeration is the process of pulling up small plugs of soil in order for water and nutrients to be able to penetrate more effectively. This breaks up thatch buildup, creates a deeper, denser root system, which then produces thicker, healthier turf. The plugs will dissolve within a week or two and their nutrients are soaked up by the newly accessible roots.
Reasons why your lawn needs to be aerated:
- Do you live in a newly constructed home? Even though your grass is new and fresh, it will be sitting on soil that was compacted down by all the construction equipment throughout the build. Sod especially needs to be aerated to break up the distinct layers of compacted soil and the new, soft sod layer.
- To all parents and parents of furbabies; while your kids and dogs aren’t as heavy as construction equipment, they can still do just as much damage. I’m sure that isn’t news to most of you! Children and dogs running and playing in the yard is more than enough to compact the soil.
- Your thatch layer is more than half an inch thick. Thatch is the buildup of old, dead grass and other lawn debris sitting on top of the soil. Some thatch is good, and can protect the grass’s roots, but more than half an inch and it starts to suffocate the roots and cause lasting problems for your lawn. Take a small shovel and pull up a sample of your lawn, going down 4 inches, to measure the amount of thatch sitting on top of your soil.