What is Lawn Aeration?
Maybe you have never heard of lawn aeration. Better yet, maybe you have but don’t know why you would even need it. Rainbow Lawncare’s Lawn Aeration Service is one of the more important services for the overall health of your lawn. It is also a critical part of a fully organic and/or pesticide-free lawn. Have one of our experts help determine if aeration should be on your lawn care plan!
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Why should I Aerate My Lawn?
Aeration, especially when combined with over-seeding, helps promote thicker and healthier turf. This alone makes it an important part an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plan, and can reduce the need for weed control. Aeration and over-seeding is critical if your goal is an organic, herbicide-free lawn. And, it is beneficial to the health of all lawns, regardless of your ongoing maintenance plan.
Over time without aeration, a thinning of the grass may occur. This allows weeds and possibly disease to take over. In addition, lawn aeration improves air, water, and nutrient movement in the soil thereby increasing microbial activity, which breaks down thatch. It also alleviates hard packed soils, especially high-activity clay soils. Broadcast over seeding and soil amendment is frequently recommended in conjunction with aeration.
What Can I Expect from Lawn Aeration Service?
- A reduction in soil compaction.
- An increase in soil’s ability to retain and provide water.
- Increase the efficiency of watering and irrigation systems as it relates to the above point.
- Improvement in fertilizer uptake and usage.
- Stronger and more self-sufficient root system.
- A reduction in water runoff and pooling.
- Enhanced thatch breakdown.
- Enhanced heat and drought stress tolerance.
Can I Aerate My Lawn Myself?
Although it is possible to aerate your lawn as a do-it-yourself, there are downsides to doing it on your own. Not only do you need to know whether your lawn needs a single pass or double pass aeration, it can be very time consuming and expensive. First, you must find the time in your busy schedule. Second, depending on the size of your yard, it can be very time consuming to aerate your entire lawn in an efficient manner.
Lastly, if you don’t already own an aerator, purchasing or renting a good quality aeration machine that is easy to use can be quite pricey. This doesn’t even include the up keep required to maintain your aerator if you do decide to purchase one!