Service and upkeep for your lawn is determined by just a few simple tasks. These tasks consist of feeding, mowing, weeding, and last but certainly not least aerating. If you stay consistent with these four tasks you will be right on your way to having the picture perfect lawn that will have your neighbors asking questions. It is obvious when you need some weeding done to properly remove those odd looking outliers from your yard. It is also fairly obvious when your lawn needs to be mowed, to shorten the height, or when patches are lacking proper nutrients and need to be fed. Lawn aeration is not an easy and obvious spot unless you know exactly what to look for and is the most important out of all of the four tasks if you want to have an outstanding lawn.
How do you to tell if Lawn Aeration will be beneficial for your yard? How compact and dense is the soil in your lawn?
When wondering if your lawn needs to be aerated, how compact your soil is, should be the first question you ask yourself. With most lawns it is safe to say you need lawn aeration if you are not completely satisfied with the aesthetic appeal of your lawn. Soil that is dense or extremely compact tends to put a much tighter restraint against the grass roots. This can dramatically inhibit their ability to function. This is why you see grass thin out and whole patches of grass die when a car was parked on a specific part of a lawn just over-night. Having soil that is too compact in your yard can also be deemed as causation for your lawn having its lush green glow stolen. When the grass roots systems aren’t functioning properly the grass will tend to look unhealthy, much thinner, and certainly less than ideal. For future reference, if on very soft soil it is important to change the path you take to mow your yard. That way you ensure you are not ritually compacting the same areas over and over again in the ritualistic manner.
In areas where you have clay soil or layers more than 8 cm or roughly ½” aeration is key for your lawns success. Heavy foot traffic can compact your yard so post party, or big gathering aeration may be needed to maintain your yard’s health. Whether it is foot traffic, vehicular traffic, or just the weather which is out of your control, there is one easy way to go about telling if your yard is in need of lawn aeration.
First Step: Assess Soil Compaction
The quickest way to go about assessing how compact your soil is would be take a screwdriver or a pencil, and push it into the ground. If the soil is compacted it will make this assessment extremely difficult.
Second Step: Shovel Comparison
Take the shovel and push it into the ground. Ideally the result you would like to see would be that half the blade of the shovel goes into the ground with minimal to no help from your foot. If you need to stomp, throw your weight, or jump onto the shovel then you are in need of lawn aeration.
Thatch Grass Problems:
Throughout the course of a healthy yard growing small bundles and pieces of grass die and attached to one another on the surface of the soil. These bundles or groups of grass are defined as thatch. Small patches of thatch that are evenly dispersed throughout your yard are considered to be beneficial. These small bundles of dead grass are broken down by the microbes in the soil, providing organic and natural flow of nutrients into your yard. However, when the areas of thatch grow at a rate that your yard can’t maintain by its natural process of breaking the thatch down, lawn aeration is needed. Lawn aeration is needed because thatch barriers are formed and dramatically prevent air and any form of moisture from soaking into the soil. With no moisture or are flow the roots can sustain a healthy status. Anywhere from 8cm to roughly ½” can make your yard weak and lacking its lush green color.
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