It would be great if a lawn stayed healthy with nothing more than regular mowing, watering, and fertilizing. However, the traffic caused by the very maintenance of a lawn such as mowing and fertilizing, as well as simply enjoying the lawn by playing, running, or simply strolling around your backyard all serve to compact the soil over the years. And a compacted soil is a soil in need of aeration in order to provide the best growing environment for your grass.
When soil gets compacted, it loses its ability to assimilate oxygen, nutrients, and moisture and allow for proper root growth. This in turn can result in poor top growth, thatch, and lawn deterioration. Aerating is a simple way to reverse the compaction as well as add valuable nutrients to the surface and root systems of your lawn.
What is Aeration?
Aeration may be accomplished through several methods, all involving penetrating the soil in a regular pattern with tools specially selected for aeration. Unlike the tools which rely on a spike shaped-implement that can contribute further to soil compaction, the best tools for aeration are hollow and cylindrical in shape, and therefore remove entire plugs of soil from the lawn with each application. Once aeration has been completed, usually by multiple passes over the same lawn from different directions, hundreds of these plugs will lay on the surface of the grass.
The plugs brought up by the aeration tool will gradually break down over the course of the next few weeks and become excellent sources of nutrients and healthy soil. The holes created by removing the plugs of soil are excellent for allowing water, air, and nutrients to penetrate to the roots of the grass, as well as giving room for more healthy root expansion and growth.
To gain maximum benefits of your aerated lawn, it is a good idea to overseed any bare patches as well as fertilize your lawn after aeration. The newly opened holes allow the fertilizer better access to the root systems in order to have the optimum fertilizing effect on your lawn.
When should I have my lawn Aerated?
In most cases, your lawn will not need to be aerated more than every three years or so. However, in lawns with heavy traffic, more frequent aeration may be necessary, even once a year in some cases. Neglected lawns could benefit from multiple aerations in the first year in order to fully restore their health.
The best time of year for aeration in the Vancouver area is when the grass is in an active growth. This means spring, summer, or early fall. However, spring is by far the most effective time. Once your lawn has been fertilized by our landscaping professionals, the rapid growth will quickly fill in the holes and establish itself well, therefore taking the place of otherwise competing weeds.
Why have Boulder Falls Maintenance Aerate for you?
Aerating can be time-consuming and labor-intensive for a homeowner to attempt on their own. Our landscaping crews have the equipment, knowledge, and experience with taking care of lawns all over the Vancouver area, and will restore your lawn back to health quickly and professionally.