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How Does Lawn Aeration Work?

Posted by Stephanie Morgan on October 10, 2022 @ 9:00 am PST

Basic lawn care involves regular watering and trimming, which should not be surprising to anyone. But even though these are the most frequent maintenance tasks to keep a lawn healthy, other problems can still arise. Fertilizing and reseeding in sections may also be needed on an annual basis.  But many people do not know that regular walking and playing on your lawn can actually cause a lawn to be packed down, preventing water, oxygen, and room for the crucial roots to thrive. If the roots do not have what they need, the turf on top will begin to die in sections that see the highest amount of activity from your family. Lawn aeration can be the answer to this problem and can give your lawn the boost it needs so it can thrive once again.

Do I need to aerate my yard?

The roots of your lawn are able to grow deeper when they are aerated because they don’t have to work to get through tough, packed earth. Roots have enough room to thrive after the ground is loosened up by the aeration. You may have a favorite spot in your yard where you and your family regularly play and walk. This is exactly what an inviting yard is for. But all the activity in a particular spot will need to be loosened up from time to time if you see that your grass is struggling in this area.

What is lawn aeration?

Lawn aeration begins with pulling out plugs of soil throughout the packed areas of your yard. This helps get oxygen down to the roots by loosening up the compacted earth. The holes left behind after a plug of dirt is pulled out will not only allow air to get to the roots, but fertilizer and water will also have easy access to the roots.  Using a handheld aerator on a small patch of lawn will not take too much time. But to aerate your whole yard, especially a lawn of a good size, you may look into renting an aerator from your local hardware store or hiring a lawn care service to aerate your lawn. A professional lawn care company will use a pull behind aerator to quickly and effectively aerate your entire yard.

Professional services

If you have a professional lawn care business tending to spots in your lawn that need aerating, looking into the other services they provide could also be helpful in many different areas of your yard.  Pests, diseases, and weeds can also cause all sorts of problems in your yard.  Having the experienced eyes of a lawn professional treat your yard for more problems than just aeration needs will give your yard the best chance to thrive. Other services that can really make a difference in your yard are:

  • Weed control
  • Tree and shrub care
  • Rodent control
  • Snail control
  • Soil acidification
  • Water penetration improvement

If you are in Fresno County and need someone to professionally aerate your yard, give the best lawn care professionals at The Experienced Gardener a call today!