Lawn Aeration and Thatch from Lawn Doctor
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John Buechner - December 5, 2013

Have you ever come cross a beautiful crisp, green lawn during the fall season?  High chances, that lawn was aerated in order to achieve that nice appearance. Fall is the best time to aerate your lawn in order to help recover from summer stress. Use the following tips and advice below to understand the procedure of lawn aeration.

What is lawn aeration?

Lawn aeration is the process of removing plugs of soil to alleviate soil compaction and allow oxygen, nutrients, and water to go into the root area. By allowing oxygen, nutrients, and water into the root zone, your lawn can grow and produce stronger roots. If the soil is compacted (in a solid-form compressed with no small holes), your lawn will not be able to receive those important nutrients and moisture it needs for that nice fall appearance.

Thatch

Thatch is a layer of a mixture of living and dead materials that forms between the grass blades and soil surface. If you see a layer of compressed soil with heavy rocks, and stones, thatch may have formed within that area. Excessive amount of thatch can lead to lawn diseases and increased insect activity.

Lawn aeration helps relieve thatch by returning soil to the thatch layer. Soil contains tiny animals called microbes. These tiny animals eat the thatch layer which helps eliminate a place where insects and disease often live. Thatch interferes with the root development and blocks out movement for oxygen, nutrients, and water. If you see your lawn with large areas of thatch, you will need lawn aeration in order to clear out the soil compaction.

Does my lawn need lawn aeration?

Thatch is only one sign for lawn aeration. Here are other signs to help identify if lawn aeration is needed to achieve your dream lawn appearance this fall:

  1. Your lawn is heavily used for outdoor purposes
  2. Your lawn has been driven on by machinery
  3. Your lawn has been stressed by either children and/or pets
  4. Your soil has turned into heavy clay

Lawn aeration service

Lawn aeration is done with a specialized piece of equipment called the lawn aerator. Due to the equipment’s heavy weight, we suggest calling your local Lawn Doctor to schedule an appointment for lawn aeration. Remember, you could be spending valuable time playing golf, fishing, or out with family and friends than having the hassle of going to the rental store and bringing a heavy piece of equipment home. Call Lawn Doctor today.

For further tips and instructions, please check out the Lawn Doctor- Lawn Aeration video below: