Ask your friends and family members how they want their lawn to look like, and you’ll end up with one answer-a lush, weed-free, healthy lawn. Isn’t that what you want also? Let’s just say every homeowner wants to be associated with a beautiful yard with healthy shrubs and trees. With all these aspirations and expectations, we still forget that this is only possible when we take care and maintain our yards. It takes effort and commitment.
Keeping your grass healthy and green is almost the same as maintaining a healthy smile. You’ll need to visit your dentist more often for dental exams and regular dental care to ensure that smile remains healthy and attractive. That’s the same relationship you must maintain with your lawn care service. You have to provide treatment and fertilization as required, mow your grass, water your lawn, and get rid of weeds and other pests.
Another important area we often forget is aerating our lawns. Lawn aeration allows for the penetration of essential nutrients to the grass roots. The playing around and daily traffic your lawn receives cause the coil to be compacted and become dry. Grass roots need oxygen and other important nutrients for healthy growth. Aerating your Lawn will go a long way to improve the flow of air, water, and nutrients into the ground.
How will you tell it’s time to aerate your lawn? Here are some signs to help you know:
When your Lawn starts Thinning
There are different causes of thinning. However, if your lawn starts thinning and you cannot identify any other possible cause, it could be time to aerate your soil.
You have a lot of Runoff or Water starts Pulling in your Lawn
When the soil is compacted, it becomes hard for water to penetrate through the ground surface. If you, therefore, see water pulling in your lawn or in areas where it wasn’t, that could be an indication that your soil needs to be aerated. Compacted soil cannot allow for water percolation. It’s either the water starts pooling up, or you have a lot of runoff depending on the slope of the area.
We should probably explain what thatch means, right? When you take a look at the grass in your lawn, you’ll notice a layer of dead grass matter. The layer usually looks like shoots and grass stems and tends to build up right between the green growth of your grass and the ground surface. That’s what is referred to as thatch. Once this layer starts to thicken than normal, it could be time to aerate your lawn. Thick thatch is associated with poorly aerated lawns.
Sparse Grass in Areas that Were Once Lush
If your lawn that was uniform and healthy in all areas start having patches or sparse grass, it could be time to aerate. The soil around that area might have received so much traffic hence getting compacted. The cramped conditions make it difficult for the grass to breath thereby resulting in weak or disease-prone growth. Weeds such as quack grass and chicory grow and thrive in compacted soil. The presence of such weeds is an indication to aerate your lawn.