• Aeration

  • Achieving and maintaining a lawn that is beautiful and healthy takes some work. You have to employ basic lawn care practices. These practices include: mowing, fertilizing, watering and most importantly you have to ensure that air and water reach the soil beneath your grass.

    What exactly is aeration?

    It involves perforating the soil with small holes. These small holes in turn allow air, water and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots. The importance of this is that it helps the grass roots to grow deeply and to produce a lawn that is stronger, more beautiful and vigorous. Aeration is done so as to alleviate soil compaction. The problem with soils being too compacted is that they have way too many solid particles in certain space and these particles prevent proper circulation of air, water and nutrients. When there is heavy organic debris under the grass surface, the roots are starved from essential nutrients they require for growth. That results to a lawn that looks unhealthy.

    How to know if your lawn is a good candidate for aeration

    · If it gets heavy use. If your lawn serves as a neighborhood playground or you have children and pets running around your yard that contributes to soil compaction.

    · If your lawn dries out easily and has a spongy feel.

    The best time to aerate your lawn is during the growing season. This is the time when the grass can easily heal and fill in any areas that are open once the soil plugs are removed.

    When the time is right and you are convinced that your lawn needs to be aerated, below are some tips that will guide you:

    · The soil has to be moist enough. It can be so frustrating when you try to aerate soil that is so dry. Water your lawn the day before.

    · You have to let the excavated soil plugs dry and then break them up. This gives your lawn an appearance that is uniform and clean.

    · Once you are done aerating your lawn there are other basic lawn practices that you have to continue with. This are watering, mowing and fertilizing.

    If you are looking forward to having a lawn that is healthy and beautiful, aeration is a very crucial process in achieving that. There are many people who don’t realize how important aeration is and some are not familiar with the process. The good news however is that there are professionals who can aerate your lawn for you no need to panic. Have Lloydminster's professionals aerate your lawn for you and it will thank you.