Aeration

October 25, 2017

What is aeration?

Technically speaking, aeration is the naturally occurring process of air exchanges between the soil and its surrounding atmosphere.  Practically speaking, aeration is the process of mechanically removing small plugs of thatch and soil from the lawn to improve natural soil aeration.   Aeration reduces soil compaction and promotes root growth for healthier grass.

 

What are the benefits of aeration?

  • Improved air exchange between the soil and atmosphere
  • Enhanced soil water uptake
  • Improved fertilizer uptake and use
  • Reduced water runoff and puddling
  • Stronger turf grass roots
  • Reduced soil compaction
  • Enhanced heat and drought stress tolerance

 

When is the best time to aerate?

  • Spring and fall are ideal times to aerate.
  • Most lawns only need to be aerated once a year.