As a homeowner who values beauty and greenery, you do everything in your power to keep your yard as lush and healthy as possible. But what if your lawn is a victory of its own success? Over time, the strong roots that a well-kept lawn develops will build up underground, causing the soil to become denser. This leads to less open air beneath the grass, creating a host of problems for your lawn. Lawn aeration provides a simple solution to this paradoxical problem. By aerating your lawn on a regular basis, you loosen up the soil and keep your grass in good health.
Aeration involves removing thatch from the soil, which accumulates from the remains of old grassroots that built up over time. A small amount of lawn thatch is good for the soil, but if it gets too thick, it can:
Parch & Starve Your Plants- The thicker your soil is, the harder it is for water and nutrients to filter through it. Excessive thatch also makes it harder for roots from live grass to grow deeper and access existing water and nutrients. As a result, your plants will not have the resources they need to grow.
Harbor Weeds & Insects- Insects look for cover in thatch, and spread from there to attack your plants. Likewise, it can provide a haven for weed seeds, which then grow and take over your yard. The fewer places there are to hide in the turf the more difficult it is for these threats to take hold.
Furnish Fungus- Bugs and weeds aren’t the only organisms that take shelter in the thatch. Fungal diseases like snow mold, ringspot disease, and brown patch can gather there as well, letting them quickly spread to your grass and other plants. Fungal infections have a tendency to spiral out of control, making it important to remove the thatch so they can’t get going in the first place.
The better you are at controlling thatch, the stronger your grass will be and the lower the likelihood that anything can take it down. So if you want a lush, green lawn, regular aeration is a must.
When and how often you should aerate your lawn depends on the specifics of the soil. If your yard contains sandy soil, you probably only need to do this once a year, preferably in the spring. But if that soil is thicker and contains a lot of clay, you should aerate it twice a year, both in the spring and in the fall. By tailoring your aeration to the specifics of your yard, you prevent the soil from becoming too thick while still leaving it the nutrients and fertilizer it needs to thrive.
In general, you should aerate your lawn when the soil begins to feel especially hard and thick. Make sure to pay attention to plant health; if your grass is frequently suffering fungal infections or you’re having trouble fending off weeds, aeration may be in order.
Washington Tree and Lawn Care are happy to determine whether your lawn needs to be aerated, as well as to provide comprehensive aeration when it does. For more information about our lawn aeration services or to request a quote, contact our office in your area today.