Soil compaction and thatch build-up are two of the biggest lawn care challenges homeowners face. When soil gets compacted, air, water, and nutrients can’t properly reach grass roots. This leads to excessive thatch growing on the surface and root suffocation down below. But you can rescue your roots – and restore your lawn to good health – with aeration from Lawn Doctor of Omaha. We have everything you need to bring out the best in your lawn.
How Your Lawn Benefits from Aeration
Aeration is simply the process of opening up your lawn so it can breathe again. There are two different ways you can aerate: with spikes on a roller or core aeration. At Lawn Doctor of Omaha, we rely on core aeration because it does a more thorough job and provides longer lasting results. With this method, we use an aerator to extract small plugs of soil from around your lawn. This helps to:
- Boost nutrient absorption. When pathways are created in the soil from aeration, more fertilizer can reach into the root zone, helping roots grow more vigorously.
- Enhance air exchange. Aeration helps your lawn take in more oxygen and gives it room to breathe.
- Improve water usage. Water is better absorbed into the soil once thatch starts breaking down and compression is eased.
- Increase resistance. Lawns that are properly aerated – and thicker and healthier as a result – have a better chance of resisting weeds, diseases, and insects.
Determining if Your Lawn Needs Aeration
Do you drive or park vehicles on your lawn? Do you have kids and pets constantly running around it? These can lead to soil compaction. Likewise, clay soil is also prone to compaction and needs regular aeration. Other signs of compaction include puddling water and thinning grass or weak growth. You can also perform the screwdriver test to be sure. Simply take a screwdriver and stick it into the ground. If it’s difficult to drive in, your soil is likely compacted.
When to Perform Aeration on Your Lawn
At Lawn Doctor of Omaha, we know you should perform aeration just prior to your grass type’s peak growing season. That way, new grass will grow and fill in the holes quickly. For cool season grass – including ryegrass and Kentucky bluegrass – the best times to aerate are fall and early spring. For warm season grass – such as Bermuda and Buffalo – aerate in the late spring, just before the active summer growth cycle.
How Lawn Doctor of Omaha Can Help with Aeration
If you want the best aeration results, leave the job to your local experts at Lawn Doctor of Omaha. When you do, you can enjoy your day, rather than try to operate a heavy and unwieldy aerator. You can also rest easy that our experienced technicians will thoroughly aerate your soil, at just the right time, so you can get the lawn you’ve been dreaming of.
At Lawn Doctor of Omaha, we’re proud to offer the best in local lawn care and aeration to customers throughout Omaha as well as in the surrounding communities of Elkhorn, Bennington, Papillion, and Gretna. To schedule your free consultation, call us today at 402.210.2058.
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