Soil compaction can stifle your lawns ability to flourish and core aeration can give it the room it needs to breathe. A lawn can become easily compacted if a lot of action takes place in your yard. Children playing on the lawn and your animals running around are some common ways soil can be compacted. Compacted soil stops water and air from reaching the roots of the grass in your lawn. This leaves your lawn lacking the nutrients it needs to be healthy.
Clay soils are more likely to become compacted than areas with sandy soil. The bonds in clay soil are much closer together which makes it difficult for water and air to penetrate the roots. Core aeration helps relieve soil compaction, which in turn creates a more desirable environment for young root systems of turf to push through loose soil conditions. This process relieves soil compaction and allows for nutrients and water to get to the roots more easily, invigorating new root development. The better the root system, the more vigorous and lusher your turf will be.
Aerating is ideal for lawns with the following conditions:
What is Lawn Thatch?
Thatch is the build up of old grass roots and rhizomes. It is not the result of leaving grass clippings on the lawn. In fact grass clippings left on the lawn will reduce the amount of thatch. As the grass clippings decompose they also help decompose old roots and rhizomes.
Check your lawns thatch:
A good indication that it is time for aeration is by checking the thatch. Remove a plug of grass, soil and all, and measure the layer between the green growth and the soil.
When your thatch is greater than a half inch, consider aerating!
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