Lawn Aeration Services

Good soil, plenty of water, and a rich fertilizer are just about all grass needs to grow. Throw in essential routine maintenance for good measure, and your lawn will flourish even more. But if you are looking for an extra healthy and beautiful property, think thick green grass, vibrant color, soft on the feet, you may want to give it some extra love, and a round of aeration is just the place to start.

You might read this word and immediately think; Air. Well, you're on the right track. Lawn aeration involves puncturing your lawn to create small holes to loosen up the compacted soil and improve air movement. Grass Roots need a good supply of oxygen, water, and nutrients to grow strong and healthy. Over time, people walking around, kids playing tag, and riding their tricycles can press down on the soil, restrict the air circulation and keep the roots from reaching essential nutrients.

Aeration is an absolute must in lots of people's lawn care regimens. Just a few inches of soil removed from certain places on your lawn can make a massive difference. The essence of the process is to allow the grass to breathe. Aeration will immediately make the soil lighter and allow for air to move through the turf and water and nutrients to seep lower into the ground to the roots. Pretty soon, you'll be looking at a healthier, more lush lawn than before.

There are different ways to approach aeration, given the state of your lawn. An easy option is merely using a rake and going a little deeper than your average surface raking into the thatch; this is called spike aeration. Making sure you push a rake deep into the soil and remove thatch can alleviate some of the pressure and make the soil more breathable.  

On the other hand, if the soil is especially compacted, a better option is core aeration using a core aerator machine. This reaches 3 inches into the soil and creates space and airways by removing small clusters of 'plugs' of soil. 

Here's where things get a little technical but bear with me. Remember, this is for the good of your lawn, and you can aerate it yourself if you like. 

For the most part, the process of aeration is uncomplicated, but timing is everything. Keep in mind where you live and what kind of grass you're growing. The key is to aerate in active growth seasons so that the grass can recover quicker. This would be earlier in the fall or spring for cool-season grass like Kentucky bluegrass or ryegrass. On the other hand, warm-season grass like bermudagrass would prefer aeration in the late spring or early summer.

Something else to remember is water. You cant effectively aerate overly-dry grass. The soil would be too fine and settle right back into the holes you make; it'll be a waste of time and resources. Instead, water your lawn a day before aerating. This way, the grass will absorb the water and be moist enough to clump together, making it easier to remove. 

Finally, you'll have to look at some plans, especially if you have underground irrigation. It might get complicated if you accidentally damage cables or pipes under your lawn. 

Let's get down to brass tacks. A DIY aeration job can be a great idea. You can work on your time, save a lot of money by renting a core aerator and use it as much as you like over the dense soil spots. However, there are more cons here that ought to be addressed. Aeration can be pretty tricky, especially if you're new to lawn care. You could easily miss the more compacted sections of your lawn and end up damaging the roots if you try core aeration, and doing so in the wrong month could cause weeds to take over your yard.

On top of that, the machines aren't exactly light as a feather. Sure it's a labor of love, but it's still labor and tiring at that. 

With all that said, you may consider looking for a lawn care service that offers aeration services. The pros can figure out the best method to employ in the right season, given your lawns' state. They'll bring in their top-line machines to provide quality lawn service the right way. They can also instruct you on how best to administer lawn care after the process, which is a big plus.

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