Comprehensive lawn care and maintenance actually encompasses so much more than a basic mowing (heck, even mowing has its own set of do’s and don’ts). From seeding and aeration, to fertilizing and pest control, keeping a lush, green and healthy lawn takes a level of skill and experience that isn’t often acknowledged outside of the lawn maintenance industry. Where a large majority of Americans desire a beautiful lawn, basically all year long, it isn’t often understood that getting and keeping a lawn healthy is not as easy as it sounds. Take for example: lawn aeration. What seems like simply punching holes in your lawn has an actual process and a definite set of benefits. Lawn aeration provides the following for grass:
- An increase in oxygen. Your lawn and its individual blades of grass breathe just like every other plant in your landscape. Aeration allows life-giving oxygen to penetrate through to the roots.
- A decrease in water use. Because of those pathways created by aeration, water makes its way to the roots much easier. A well-aerated lawn is one that uses less water by preventing evaporation and runoff.
- Better soil quality. By reducing the pressure that soil is constantly under, aerating your lawn decreases soil compaction. A less compacted soil is a soil that delivers nutrients and hydration to grass roots at a higher level.
- Reduction in thatch build-up. Found just below the soil underneath your grass, thatches diminish the movement of oxygen and water. Aerating helps to keep thatch build up from occurring, resulting in a healthier thicker carpet of lawn.