If you do not stay on top of your lawn maintenance season after season, you may find that, over time, your lawn and overall landscaping design may be looking a little shabbier that it used to. In addition to small weeds or plant crowding that can often occur when a lawn is neglected for too long, you may notice that after a particularly long dry season or stretch without watering, your lawn simply looks like it is in poor shape.
For example, if you find that your lawn has worn patches where people walk often, certain patches of your lawn cannot seem to retain moisture, water puddles form after irrigation, or that water tends to run off the lawn after just a few minutes of sprinkling, these all may be signs that your lawn needs some good ol’ fashion TLC.
Luckily, soil aeration is a great way to bring your lawn back to proper health and help your landscaping get back to its green, fresh roots.
What Is Soil Aeration?
Aerating your lawn is the process of putting small holes all throughout the soil in order to bring air back into the soil and roots. This process is often done with a machine called a core aerator that pulls out small cores of soil and grass from the ground to break through the thatch layer. This allows air to get down into the roots so they can breathe, and it helps to improve water and nutrient penetration. Luckily, this process is slightly less aggressive than other procedures such as dethatching, and it leaves your lawn in pretty good shape.
What Are The Advantages Of Aerating Your Lawn?
Soil aeration has a number of different benefits for both the health of your plants and the overall look of your lawn.
- Absorption of water and nutrients: When soil is water logged or when plants are under poor aeration conditions, they may exhibit water and nutrient deficiencies. Soil aeration helps to provide plants with the oxygen that they need, while also delivering important nutrients and water so that their health improves.
- lant and root growth: In order for plants to grow normally, they need an adequate quantity of oxygen and removal of CO2 from the soil atmosphere. Therefore, if the supply of oxygen they are receiving is inadequate, the accumulated CO2 hampers the growth of the plant roots and the growth of the plant may cease completely.
- Microorganism Population: The different microorganisms that live in soil also require oxygen, in addition to plants, for respiration and metabolism. However, the deficiency of oxygen in soil slows down the rate of microbial activity.
If you find that your lawn is looking a little more lackluster than usual and think it may be caused of lack of oxygen, be sure to contact Scapes Incorporated today. Our seasoned landscapers can provide you with quality soil aeration services that will correct soil compaction around plants and help bring your lawn back to proper health.