Aeration is essentially the process of removing ‘plugs’ or soil from your yard. These plugs are around the size of a wine cork and they’re pulled out of the ground by a machine similar to a lawn mower. What gets left behind are small holes in your ground that help keep your lawn healthy.
These holes essentially serve three main purposes:
- They de-compact the soil – which loosens up the dirt and allows roots to grow deeper. In the event of a drought, the grass will be able to retain more water – and therefore improve its overall survivability.
- Better nutrient penetration - when it rains, not only will more water seep into the soil, but it will also retain its moisture more efficiently. And any time that you use fertilizers and nutrients, your lawn will be in a better place to absorb the nutrients.
- Thatch away – Thatch, as we’ve discussed in previous blogs, can create a multitude of problems if it’s scattered throughout your lawn in abundance. It can dry out entire patches of grass, restrict water and nutrient flow and build a myriad of other obstacles. Aeration basically helps to remove thatch and prevents it from locking off your soil from the nutrients and moisture it needs in order to thrive.
- And finally – one of the most overlooked benefits of aeration is root splicing. Root splicing is basically when the roots of grass get cut and pulled, the surface roots left over tend to spread in all directions. This means a healthier, thicker lawn.
- Long story, short – aeration can take several tasks off your to-do list, while also helping you to get the most out of others that remain on it. Aerating is a once-a-year thing that you have to do and the benefits to your lawn can be long lasting.