The Benefits of Aerating Your Lawn

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The Benefits of Aerating Your Lawn

Mid-Summer is a wonderful time think about scheduling time to have your lawn aerated when the season ends.  Aerating your lawn can improve the health of your grass and reduce runoff from heavy rains.  If your soil is compacted in spots, aeration also helps get water and air to the roots of your lawn so that you won’t have patchy grass.

  1. Improve the health of your grass by aerating your lawn at the end of the season, giving it more of a chance for even growth in the spring.
  2. Aeration reduces thatch, which is layers of thick dead grass that rob the healthy lawn of the nutrients it needs to stay healthy.
  3. Aerating a lawn can also reduce water issues in your lawn after rain or storms. If your yard is uneven, aeration helps keep the water in the root system instead of running off into a lower area.
  4. If you plan on fertilizing, aerating beforehand will improve the effects of the fertilizer on your lawn.
  5. If you have a new home and plan to lay sod, it is essential to have the area aerated, so the turf attaches to the soil, and the roots have a better chance at growth. It would be best if you did this any time you plan to lay sod because the ground is usually compacted because of all the construction traffic.  The same is said for areas that get a lot of foot traffic.  Aeration can help keep the grass stronger because the roots grow better afterward, so the lawn isn’t as fragile.

Lawn aeration is the process of removing small cores of soil, which are left on top of your lawn.  These cores will eventually dissipate with water or when you mow your lawn.  Removing these cores from your soil gives it a chance for healthier turf to grow.  After a few weeks, there are new roots in the holes left behind, and your grass should look better than before.  If you aerate at the end of the summer season, it can help your grass get ready to go dormant and give it a healthy start for spring.

If you have questions about your lawn in Medford, Oregon, Advanced Tree and Landscape is available to discuss lawn solutions with you!