Benefit of Lawn Aeration - A Breath of Fresh Air!
Soil Compaction is a frequent cause of turf deterioration. Caused by lawn traffic such as walking and mowing, compaction is greatest in the top 2-3" of the soil. In compcated soil, dirt particles are forced together reducing the area where roots can grow. Aeration, the process of mechanically remvoing cores of turm, relieves compacted soil by improving the exchange of water and critical nutrients between the atmosphere and the grass' roots.
For optimal effectiveness, aeration should be performed at least once annually. Spring (between March and May) and/or fall (between August and November) are the ideal times to aerate cool season grasses, such as perennial ryegrass and Kentucky bluegrass. In drier climates aeration increases drought resistance while decreasing the amount of watering necessary to help lawns remain healthy.
Lawns that receive regular aeration will be greener, easier to maintain and suffer from fewer pest problems and disease.
1. Adequate amounts of vital turf nutrients; including water, oxygen, nitrates, phosphorus, and potassium are unable to reach the roots.
2. Aerators relieve soil compaction by removing eveny-spaced cores of turf up to 3" in depth
3. Once the soil is aerated, air exchange is improved and the soil can easily absorb water, fertilizer, and other nutrients
4. Aeration promotes deeper root growth for a lawn that is lush, healthy, and drought resistant.