The Benefits of Aerating Your Yard

August 24, 2016

We all know getting the most out of a lawn care program will take some standard maintenance such as mowing, watering, and fertilizing, but one thing that may go unnoticed is the need to break up compacted soil and thatch that can build up on a lawn.

When a lawn’s soil becomes too compact or the thatch layer becomes too thick, it will be difficult for water, oxygen, and nutrients to properly reach the grass’s root system. Aerating is a simple, cost-effective process that involves pulling plugs from the lawn that are about the size of your index finger. It will make any application of weed control and fertilizer about 25-35 percent more effective and is one of the best things you can do for the lawn to combat undesirable conditions.

Diagram showing how adding nutrients help roots grow

Another benefit to aerating is that it is a great time to add grass seed. When the plugs are pulled the surface area of the soil is increased and a higher seed to soil contact is achieved, which along with watering, is one of the main factors to getting good grass to grow. We know a thick and healthy lawn is the best form of weed control and the idea is to thicken the turf and deepen the root system so that the weeds simply can’t come back.

Aerating in combination with good lawn care practices such as feeding, mowing, and water is a surefire way to maintain the beauty and health of your lawn for years to come. Feel free to call Green Oasis today at (715)-832-0800 or contact us if you have any questions about this beneficial lawn care practice.