Why Should I Aerate My Lawn?

May 16, 2016

Environmentally Friendly Lawn Care

Have you ever seen those plugs of dirt littering your neighbor’s lawn and wondered, “Why would anyone want to do that to their lawn?” At face value, aerating your lawn might seem unnecessary and a little bothersome. Walking barefoot on an aerated lawn could mean stepping on hard chunks of earth. And if it’s after a rainstorm, you’ll likely be stepping on a squishy piece of mud. Let’s dig a little deeper.


Why should you aerate your lawn? Aeration is actually a great way to improve the health of your lawn.


Breath of Fresh Air


The root word in aeration is “air.” When you aerate your lawn you are literally bringing oxygen back into your lawn and allowing CO2 to escape. Aeration creates air channels deep into the root zone within the soil, bringing much needed oxygen to grass roots. Oxygen is obviously very important for your plants and lawn. The better your soil breathes, the better your lawn will look!


A lack of oxygen means CO2 builds up under the surface, causing the growth of plant roots to decrease. If the roots are choking, you’ll see it in the crops or blades too. The added space for air to penetrate the soil brings many other benefits along with it like increased access for water and nutrients.


Dinner is Served


You work hard to make sure your lawn is watered and fertilized properly. By aerating your lawn, you make sure that that effort doesn’t go to waste. A lack of oxygen makes it much harder for your lawn to absorb water and nutrients. Lawns that are not aerated are also more prone to abnormally shaped roots. These roots are then unable to penetrate or develop properly. This leaves your lawn more susceptible to undernourishment; abnormal roots are unable to absorb the moisture and nutrients very well.


Lighten Up


Over time your lawn becomes heavy, dense and compacted. This makes it harder for oxygen to flow, and you may need a good dose of lawn care to fix the problem.


Aerating your lawn breaks up the soil, allows oxygen to flow more easily and allows nutrients to move deeper too. This makes it easier for your lawn to get exactly what it needs to grow green and lush.


Does your lawn see lots of traffic? Whether that pitter-patter is from adults, children or animals, your lawn will benefit from aeration. Ground that’s compacted will lead to abnormally shaped roots, thus limiting nutrient absorption.


Microorganisms


Microorganisms might not sound like something you want in your lawn, but you do! There are good microorganisms that help your lawn by decomposing organic matter, nitrification, and sulfur oxidation among other things. In order to do these jobs, the microorganisms need air to breathe.


If your lawn has excess sand, contact the professionals at My All Green each spring to aerate your lawn. If your lawn has excess clay, make the call for aeration each fall. My All Green will match the price of any other aeration service so you’ll get a healthy lawn for a great price. You can’t beat that!