Thinning grass? Bare spots? Big puddles of water? It’s not exactly what you envisioned for your lawn. But if this is your reality, then it could be due to soil compaction and thatch build-up. Both prevent grass roots from getting an adequate amount of food, water, and air, while compaction can actually suffocate your roots. The good news is that the Harrison area’s experts in aeration at Lawn Doctor of NW Cincinnati can help you beat compaction and thatch so your lawn can thrive, year-round.
Why Aeration is Good for Your Lawn
Aeration opens up your lawn so it can properly absorb oxygen, nutrients, and water. When you aerate, there are two different methods to use: spikes on a roller to poke holes in your lawn, or core aeration. As the Harrison area’s local lawn care professionals, we always recommend core aeration. It does a more thorough job of breaking up compaction and thatch while producing results that last longer. Along the way, your lawn will benefit from:
- More efficient fertilizer absorption
- Better heat absorption
- Improved air exchange
- A stronger, healthier root system
- More resistance to insects, disease, and weeds
- A thicker, more vibrant lawn in the weeks and months after aeration is performed
How to Tell Your Lawn Needs Aeration
The simplest way to verify your lawn has an issue with thatch and soil compaction is by performing the screwdriver test. Take a screwdriver and push it into the ground. If you have a hard time getting it in, then it’s likely due to compaction. Other signs Harrison area homeowners can look for that point to a need for lawn aeration include puddles of water that aren’t getting absorbed and thinning areas in your lawn. Parking vehicles on your grass, clay soil, and heavy foot traffic can also make lawns more prone to compaction.
When to Perform Lawn Aeration
If you’re going to take the time to aerate your lawn, then you want the best results. To get them, you should aerate just before your grass type is entering its peak growing phase. When you do, new grass can quickly fill in the cored out holes. For warm season grass (like Buffalo and Bermuda), that means aerating in late spring. For cool season grass (such as Kentucky bluegrass and ryegrass), aerate either in fall or early spring.
How Our Harrison Area Experts Can Help with Lawn Aeration
Aeration is important if you want to achieve the healthiest, thickest lawn possible. However, it’s also a process best left to professionals. Not only are core aerators hard to use, but one mistake can damage your turf for the long-term. Proper aeration requires the best knowledge and the right equipment. As the Harrison area’s experts in aeration, Lawn Doctor of NW Cincinnati can deliver – with services backed by the industry’s strongest guarantee.
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