Sometimes, a lawn just needs some TLC in order for it to fully grow. Professional lawn care is a great way to ensure your grass is getting the correct nutrients and nourishments, however, it is important that the soil is first prepped. That’s where lawn aeration comes in.

But, what exactly is this process? And, when should it be implemented? Find out all the information you need here.

 

What is Lawn Aeration?

The process of lawn aeration involves creating small holes in the soil which will allow water, air and nutrients to enter the grassroots. This way, it allows your roots to grow stronger and the grass to grow healthier on your lawn overall. One of the main reasons for lawn aeration is to reduce any severe soil compaction. You may want to level the soil for your garden, however, when it is too compacted, there are too many solid particles, preventing proper air circulation. From this, excess thatch or other organic debris may starve the roots and feed on these elements.

That’s why lawn aeration can help bring new life into a garden; allowing it to breathe. The build-up of thatch is the reason why your lawn may not be growing as well as it could be. If your soil dries out easily or feels spongy, this might be your hint that your lawn needs aerating. Remove a slice and check the level of the lawn thatch. If it is more than 1.5 inches, it is time for lawn aeration.

 

When Should You Aerate Your Lawn?

The best time to aerate lawns is within the growing season. This way, grass can easily heal and then fill in the gaps after the lawn aeration process is complete. Think about aerating your lawn throughout the cool season.

Besides allowing your lawn to breathe, another reason you might want to aerate your lawn is in grassy areas that are constantly walked on. Frequent foot traffic can wear out the grass and contribute to soil compaction. Lawn aeration is a great and efficient way to ensure your garden is getting the nourishments for it to continue to grow. Also, if there is soil layering in your garden, this can cause disruption with drainage and cause poor root development.

 

How to Aerate Your Lawn

Firstly, make sure your soil is prepared and moist enough. A great time to start is the day after a rain shower. Then, use your aerating tools to cover the most compacted areas.

Use a garden fork or aeration tool to spike 2 to 3-inch holes at regular intervals. We recommend separating them by 3 inches wide.

Typically, there are two types of tools to use when aerating; plug aerators and spike aerators. Make sure to work with a professional lawn care company on how to properly aerate your lawn.

 

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Here at Mow & Grow, we provide a range of lawn care services, including maintenance, treatment and landscaping. Our lawn care specialists will work closely with you in order to find out what exactly you want for your outdoor space. Whether this is adding man-made terrains such as decking and paving, or local grass cutting services. We are here to help you get the perfect lawn.

For more information on our services, or to find out about your lawn aeration services, give us a call on 07962 884447 and speak to our professionals today. Check out our reviews on Facebook? Don’t just take our word for it, find out from our customers about our previous work. 

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