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A lawn aeration will help ensure you’ll have a healthy, thick lawn throughout the optimal growing season. Swingle, the aeration experts in Denver, would like to share the benefits of lawn aeration this spring.
What is aeration?
First, what is aeration? Lawn aeration is a process that removes thousands of small cores of soil 1” to 3” in length from your lawn. The holes are produced by an aerator machine, which allows for fertilizer and water to penetrate deeper into the ground.
Why You Should Aerate your Lawn
Aeration is a beneficial way to keep your lawn healthy. Aeration helps control thatch, improves the soil structure, helps create growth pockets for new roots, and opens the way for water and fertilizer to reach the new root zone of your lawn.
By aerating, turf roots naturally grow toward the open pockets and thicken in the process, creating a thicker more dense lawn – allowing compacted soils to breathe.
What about the cores left over from the aeration?
These cores break down naturally and disappear back into the lawn after a few rainfalls. The soil microbes that the cores contain will break down thatch, so make sure you don’t rake them up as it’s another benefit of lawn aeration. You can however use the mulching blade of your lawn mower (at the lowest setting) to “mulch” them back into your lawn.
How often should you aerate?
We suggest that lawns should be aerated once or twice a year. Early spring and fall months are best. Regular aerations help thatch break down naturally by mixing the soil cores into the thatch and speeding up decomposition.
Should I call the professionals or rent an aerator?
There are multiple ways to aerate your lawn. One option is to purchase or rent your own at a local garden center. Although it’s recommended that you call a lawn care professional who understands the complexities of operating this machine.
There are a number of benefits of lawn aeration from controlling thatch to helping create new growth. Get your lawn ready for spring – contact Swingle to schedule a spring aeration.