Aeration is important to the health and maintenance of your lawn, and should be done annually. During the aeration process, cores are removed from your lawn and left on the surface. There are many benefits:
- Aeration reduces compaction, which means your lawn will utilize water better and you can say goodbye to puddles of water throughout the yard.
- It opens up your lawn and helps nutrient exchange. In other words, lawns will “breathe” better and be healthier for it.
- Aeration encourages new growth from your existing lawn. New blades of grass will emerge from each opening, which thickens your lawn.
- This process breaks down the thatch layer in your lawn. Thatch is filled with decaying roots and turf that make it difficult for water to penetrate.
- Aeration can be helpful if you want to overseed your lawn and grow new grass, or types of grass, on top of your existing lawn.
- Be sure to leave the cores on your lawn. Although leaving the cores might make your lawn look like a few dogs didn’t clean up after themselves, they return valuable nutrients to your roots, and usually disappear after a couple of cuttings.
Aeration is an important part of maintaining a healthy lawn because it thickens the turf and makes it difficult for weeds to grow. Then, you can sit back and enjoy the beauty that comes with a healthy bed of grass.
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