Seeding season is right around the corner. Taking the time to educate yourself on your different options will help provide you with a stronger lawn and a smoother season. Here is what you should know about aerating:
How Your Lawn Will Benefit From Aeration
1.Reduces Compaction– Throughout the year our lawns soil is compacted by traffic and time. On top of that, Kansas City’s clay soil will bake in the hot summer sun causing it to harden like bricks. When the soil compacts like this, our lawn’s grass roots are unable to grow deeper into the ground. This reduces the lawns resilience to drought and stress.
2. Controlling Thatch– Thatch is a layer of dead roots and stems that create a barrier on top of the soil that protects the crown of the grass plant. A layer of thatch around 3/4th of an inch is ideal because it protects the crown of the plant from being crushed along with keeping the plants from becoming too hot, cold, wet, or dry. But, because thatch is hydrophobic, if it becomes too thick it builds the perfect hiding place for diseases and insects which will harm your lawn. Aerating will break up the barrier to keep this from happening.
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3.Enhancing Fertilizer– Aerating is done by punching holes into the soil. On top of allowing air in, it also creates pockets that your fertilizer can work it way into. The more your fertilizer is absorbed into the soil, the more effective it will be.
4. Natural Compost Pile– When the chunks are pulled out of the ground by the aerator, mother nature begin to take over by turning the thatch and soil into a natural compost. This compost will reintroduce beneficial microbes to the soil.