Grass roots need oxygen, water and nutrients to grow well and make your lawn look luscious. Two things that keep all this good stuff from reaching roots are thatch buildup and hard, compacted soil. Aeration helps eliminate both problems.
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An aerator pulls out thousands of plugs of thatch and soil, each about the size of a finger, from your lawn. The hollow blades of the aerator cut through the thatch layer and into the soil. The wide open paths where the plugs used to be allow for easy penetration of life-giving air, water and nutrients.
What’s the problem with thatch, anyway? Thatch is the layer just above the soil of decaying plant life-mainly dead grass stems, crowns and roots. Even if you use a mulching mower, thatch continues to build up, forming a habitat for insects and disease. Aeration is an easy way to break through the thatch and open up the soil beneath.
Why worry about compacted soil? Soil, especially if it has lots of clay, can become compacted and dense. It’s hard for anything, including roots of plants, to get through. Taking out plugs gives the soil a new lease on life. Soil and roots can expand into the created spaces. It’s also easier for worms and other helpful insects to move through the soil bed. And, as an extra benefit, as the plugs left on the lawn’s surface break up, they mix with the thatch and help it decompose. Every lawn benefits from aeration at least once a year. Call us to learn more about aeration for your lawn.
What are the benefits of aeration?
There are many benefits to aerating your lawn, including:
Reduces soil compaction
Increases activity of soil microorganisms that decompose thatch
Improves fertilizer uptake
Enhances water uptake and use by soil
Increases oxygen movement between the soil and atmosphere
Enhances infiltration of rainfall and irrigation
Helps prevent fertilizer and pesticide run-off from overly compacted areas
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