Aeration is a key factor in establishing and maintaining a beautiful Maryland lawn. Mowing, fertilizing and watering are all elements in the lawn care puzzle but it is equally important to ensure the nutrients being provided to your lawn can reach the soil beneath your grass. Aeration does exactly that, allowing air and water to penetrate built-up grass commonly referred to as lawn thatch.
Specifically, thatch is a mix of dead and living shoots, stems and roots intermingled between the surface soil and the green vegetation, often a result of certain grass species, acidic soils, aggressive fertilization or multiple application of certain pesticides.
So what is aeration and how is it performed?
Aeration is the process of digging small holes throughout the lawn. There are a variety of tools on the market designed for manual aeration but a mechanized aerator is optimal as it is specifically designed to pull small plugs of soil out of the ground. Be careful using manual methods that simply poke holes in the ground. Not only is that less effective but it can actually cause additional compaction in the surrounding areas.
Another important reason for aerating is to alleviate soil compaction. Compacted soil prevents air circulation, and the absorption of water and nutrients within the soil.
Aeration is a beneficial practice toward achieving a beautiful lawn, but most people don’t realize it or understand the process. If you are interested in more information or think your lawn may be a candidate feel free to call the office and schedule an appointment for an evaluation.