If you don’t get enough air, then you will start to feel uncomfortable. Just imagine how that feels for the grass on your lawn! When you aerate your lawn, you give them a better chance of growing strong. Plus, the cruel winter weather and heavy layers of snow could prevent the blades from getting enough oxygen.
Just like people, your grass seeds need enough water, air, and nutrition in order to thrive. Compacted soil can squeeze off this essential sustenance, and that’s not good. Even slight compactions can affect how healthy and aesthetically pleasing your lawn is. It might be covered in snow and ice now, or in a few weeks, but that doesn’t mean you can or should ignore it!
The process of aeration can be confusing for new homeowners who have never done it before. You’ll often hear aeration mentioned in the same breath as dethatching. That’s because both tasks are mandatory when it comes to lawn maintenance tips. Now that we have established that, here are some tips for making the process much easier than you ever thought possible!
- Using spike aerators: Dig a hole in the dirt using a spike-line. When you do this, be sure to protect your feet. In warmer weather, it’s better to wear aerator sandals that strap onto your shoes. This sounds unusual, but it does help in small doses. However, it can make compaction problems worse.
- Using slice aerators: Slicing aerators rely on spinning blades. These blades chop through layers of grass and thatch to reach the soil that is waiting underneath. This creates a new pathway for air, water, and nutrients without running the risk of further compaction issues.
- Using core/plug aerators: Many lawn professionals prefer this method. Several rows of hollow lines are aligned before they start to pull plugs of earth out of the ground. The size of the plugs and holes will be different, depending on which machines you choose to get the job done.
What Comes Next
So, with the aeration process almost over, you might be wondering what you are supposed to do next. After all, scheduling lawn maintenance from experts can give you more time to relax with your family. Then let the soil dry out because they will dissolve the next time it rains. This puts soil and other new fertilizing material back in play.
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