Your lawn requires a lot of attention and care in the spring season. It’s a difficult time for your lawn as it’s the recovery period for the soil and grass to try to bounce back up after a long, cold season of compacted dirt and crushed blades and roots. One of the most beneficial steps of lawn care this season is spring aeration.
Luckily for Hometurf Lawn Care customers, aeration is included in our complete program!
Aeration in lawns is a process that lets your lawn breathe. Your lawn builds up a layer of “thatch” which is basically a dead layer of roots, leaves and other lawn waste built up and clogging up the breathability of your lawn. Aerating your lawn means that your lawn will be punctured with spikes, allowing air to move through the soil, or small cores of soil will be pulled out and deposited on top of the lawn to allow your lawn to function as it should.
Spring aeration is vital to the health of your lawn and beneficial in many ways. One of the biggest benefits to your lawn’s health is through relieving soil compaction. In the long, winter months, the soil is pressed down and compacted through snow and ice buildup. Once everything melts and begins to dry, your lawn needs some help to allow it to decompress and accept nutrients properly. Aeration helps relieve the pressure on the soil and absorb what it needs from both the nutrients you provide it and water it receives.
So, although we recommend you stay off the lawn in early spring, if the kids can’t resist enjoying the beautiful weather on your lawn, aeration can help!
On that note, spring aeration also makes a great difference in how your lawn will allow water to permeate through it. The new punctures in the ground will allow water to reach roots and get deeper into the soil much more easily than it otherwise would have. Without spring aeration, water would most likely sit on top of your turf in puddles and create a mess, weakening your grass and damaging your lawn.
To wrap up, you’ll see benefits from:
- Relief from soil compaction
- More direct path to deeper roots
- Breaking up some thatch buildup
- Better air circulation
It’s important to keep an eye on how often your lawn needs to be aerated. If your lawn receives a lot of heavy foot-traffic, you may need to perform more aeration as the season progresses to allow it to breathe properly and decompress.
Hometurf Lawn Care is happy to receive any questions you may have on spring aeration! Click here to get in touch with one of our representatives today.