Before Aerating Your Lawn – Things You Need to Know
Have you ever wondered why after putting in the demanding work of watering, fertilizing, and mowing your lawn it still is not green? The answer may be as simple as you have not aerated your lawn.
If your lawn is hard and tough to puncture, then it is time to aerate your lawn. Lawn aeration is key to making your yard healthy and green.
What is Lawn Aeration?
Lawn aeration is the process of making holes in the lawn allowing oxygen to reach the roots of the soil and allowing it to breathe. This permits organic fertilizers and nutrients access to the root system of the lawn. Additionally, it loosens up compact soil letting roots grow easier and increasing water absorption.
Using the Right Aeration Equipment
When aerating your lawn, it is important to use the right tools. There are two basic choices when it comes to lawn aerators, manual and power. Lawn aerators come in different forms with differing capabilities.
Manual aerators use a tool that is operated standing up and is plunged into the earth creating holes or plugs in the soil. If using a manual aerator, use a core aerator, which spikes with hollow cylinders so that you extract the soil leaving room for growth and absorption. Manual aerators are effective but can be labor intensive if you have a big lawn.
Power aerators are perfect for large lawns. If your choice is a power aerator, try to use a coring model, which has the same advantages as the coring manual aerators.
Before Beginning the Aeration Process
Before you go out and aerate your lawn, there are a few tips to be cognizant of. Be mindful when aerating your lawn that you do not hit any irrigation pipes or sprinkler lines. This can damage your lawn and cost more money. Furthermore, never aerate your lawn during a drought. This leaves the roots of your lawn open to excessive sun exposure, which will quickly have an undesirable effect. Always aerate your lawn in Spring or late Summer or Fall. Before aerating your lawn, water it heavily the day before so that the soil is soft and moist, but not muddy.
Aerating Your Lawn
These are the basic tips and tools you need for lawn aeration. Once you have aerated your lawn and see the results, you will be pleased you did!
Contact Taylor Rental Plano to rent the equipment needed to make your lawn aeration a complete success.