Deep Dive into Aerations: What are They and Why Do We Need Them?
‘Tis the season for Lawn Aerations! But wait…. What are they?
Aerating your lawn opens the soil by pulling out small plugs of soil about 3-5 inches deep and then depositing them on the surface of your lawn to eventually decompose and disintegrate back into the ground. Now, why is that important for your lawn? Well, this provides the opportunity for the grass root systems to acquire the nutrients, water, and air that is essential for growth. Loose soil allows the roots to penetrate more deeply into the soil and becomes stronger and more resilient. This gives them a better chance of fighting off any effects of drought and disease.
What else does it do?
Since your lawn is more resilient, the soil microorganisms become more abundant which helps in breaking down and preventing the formation of thatch. Thatch is a layer of loose, dead, and living shoots, roots, and stems that are intermingled that develop between the grass and the soil. This occurs when the grass is producing more organic debris faster than it can be broken down. Aerating destroys heavy thatch in the coring process (removal of those plugs we discussed earlier) and aids in adding this nutrient-rich compost back into the soil.
Okay, but how often do I have to have this done?
Here at Easy Peasy Home Services, we offer this service twice a year: once in the Spring and then again in the Fall. Now, you do not have to get it twice a year, but we do highly recommend getting it at least once per year to aid in the health of your lawn.