We all enjoy getting use out of our yards. After all, that’s why we spend so much time, effort, and money to make sure it looks its best. But all that use takes its toll after a while. When yards are used over time, the soil underneath gets packed together. Sometimes it gets packed so tight that it deprives your grass of air, water, and nutrients.
How Does Aeration Work?
Aeration is a process that punches thousands of tiny holes into your lawn to alleviate symptoms of soil compaction and thatch buildup. These holes allow the grass to breathe and return to its former lushness. The plugs of sod that are pulled up will break down and feed your lawn.
Along with promoting more in-depth and robust root growth, aeration has the following benefits:
- Fixes thin or bald areas
- Thicker, lusher grass
- Faster growing grass
- Reduced water runoff
Is Your Soil Compacted?
When your soil is compact, it can exhibit signs that appear like other common lawn problems.
Is it clay or is it something else. Don’t write off a perpetual puddle in your yard as normal. It could be a sign of compacted soil. Not only is it ugly but it can also be a mosquito breeding ground.
Too Much Thatch
When grass clippings and other organic matter builds up on top of your soil it can cause water to runoff and dehydrate your grass. If grass feels spongy or squishy it’s a good sign that you have too much thatch buildup.
Naturally, when your soil is compact it will be very hard to push anything through it. Test it by sticking a screwdriver into your lawn. If it’s hard to push then your soil is compact.
When is the Best Time to Aerate?
The best time to aerate depends on where you live and your grass type. Aeration should be done during the growing season for best results.
Cool-season grasses such as Kentucky bluegrass, ryegrass, and fescues should be aerated in the early spring or fall.
Warm-season grasses such as St. Augustine, Bermuda, centipede, or zoysiagrass should be aerated in the late spring.
The Benefits of Overseeding Your Lawn
Making overseeding part of your lawn care plan is a quick and easy way to keep your lawn looking great. Overseeding, simply, is the spreading of new grass seed over your existing lawn. It is usually done with grass seed that is different than your own grass. This can help improve your lawn’s resistance to pests, diseases, and dry weather. Overseeding keeps your lawn strong against competitive weeds and can restore damaged lawns without starting over from scratch.
Call the Professionals at Land-Art
When our yards won’t cooperate with traditional methods of lawncare it might be time to aerate your yard. The professionals at Land-Art have years of experience aerating and caring for Ohio yards. Our aeration and overseeding services will visibly enhance the look of your yard.
Having problems with mosquitoes this summer? At Land-Art, we offer effective mosquito control and grub control solutions. First, we identify the areas of mosquito activity and then we spray a barrier around your property to stop mosquitos and other insects such as spiders, stink bugs, fleas, and ticks.