Reno Landscaping: What is Aeration?
Reno Landscaping: Aeration involves perforating the soil with small holes to allow air, water and nutrients to reach the grass roots. This helps the roots grow deeply and produce a stronger, more vigorous lawn.
The main reason for aerating is to rid soil compaction. Compacted soils have too many solid particles in a certain volume or space, making it hard for proper circulation of air, water and nutrients within the soil. Excess lawn thatch or heavy organic debris buried under the grass surface can also starve the roots from these important elements.
Should You Be Aerating Your Lawn?
- Gets a lot of traffic, such as serving as the neighborhood playground or racetrack. Kids and pets running around the yard contribute to soil compaction.
- Was established as part of a newly constructed home. A lot of times, the topsoil of newly constructed lawns is stripped or buried, and the grass established on subsoil has been compacted by construction traffic.
- Dries out easily and has a spongy feel. This might mean your lawn has an excessive thatch problem.
When is it time to Aerate Your Lawn?
The best time for aeration is during the growing season, when the grass can heal and fill in any open areas after soil plugs are removed. Ideally, aerate the lawn with cool season grass in the early spring or fall. Action Lawn & Landscape can help you determine when the right time to aerate and thatch is and with any of your other Reno Landscaping projects.
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