What is Soil Aeration?
Soil Aeration is the process of perforating soil with small holes to encourage strong, healthy grass growth.
Why is Aeration important?
Impeded airflow and densely packed dirt prevent nutrients, water and air from easily reaching the roots of your grass. These factors impede lawn growth. We think of our grass as an extension of our family, so it’s important to keep it fed and happy! Additionally, aeration can improve drainage and reduce the likelihood of puddle formation during rain or routine watering.
When should I aerate?
We recommend aeration every other year for sandy soil, yearly for clay-based soil, and bi-yearly in dry climates. Here are some other key areas to look at when considering when to aerate.
- Pooling water when watering or during heavy rains. This refers to literal pools or spongy sections of lawn
- Decreased growth or brown lawn sections
- Poor root extension. This can be checked by digging up a small section of lawn approximately 6-inches deep. Grass roots should extend no less than 2.5 inches
- Compacted soil from frequent use from picnics, child/pet use, barbeques etc.
How to aerate your soil:
The best time to aerate your lawn is when it is damp after a rain or watering. Focus your efforts on portions of your lawn that need the most attention (refer to the bulleted conditions above).
You can buy a simple aeration tool at your local garden or supply depot, but for larger lawns and a more comprehensive process, we recommend our professional services. Our technicians carefully analyze soil levels and compaction to implement a plan that optimizes the health and growth of your lawn. Our expertise and industrial tools have served the Metro-Detroit and Denver areas for years, and we would welcome the opportunity to add you to our growing list of satisfied clients.
For further reading and information about proper lawn aeration, please reference our aeration and overseeding page.