Whenever it comes to landscaping, it's always best to think like a golf course greens keeper.
And one of the hard-and-fast rules most greens keepers employ is aeration.
Aerating your lawn is a great way to keep it healthy and thriving.
We'll go over exactly what aerating is, what it does, and how to determine if it's needed for your lawn.
What Is Aeration?
No matter the implement you use, aeration is essentially just putting holes in the soil to improve the flow of oxygen, water and other nutrients to the roots in the grass.
Aeration actually causes initial damage to your yard, as it puts holes in the soil and may tear some roots, but in the long term it improves the overall health.
Typically, an aerator is a tow- or walk-behind implement with lots of tubes (core-plugs) or spikes on it. As this is towed across the grass, the spikes pull out 1-3" cylinders of soil. These holes allow for the extra moisture and air to penetrate.
|Dethatching That Thatch|
Over time, your yard will build up a layer of thatch. This is from decaying plants that don't completely break down and create a dense layer of material that grass and other plants have a difficult time growing through.
A common cause for a thick layer of thatch is mulching grass clippings over time. With that being said, mulching is still a great process as it naturally adds nutrients to your lawn.
If mulching is good but creates thatch, what can you do? Dethatch! A dethatcher uses a series of tines to tear away that layer of material, allowing plants to thrive and get more oxygen, water and nutrients. Dethatch a week or two before you aerate.