To keep your lawn growing healthy all year long, it's important to invest in some extra maintenance. Ouraeration services allow your lawn to receive the nutrients and water absorption it needs to maintain a lush and green appearance. We perforate the soil of your lawn with small holes to allow the nutrients, water, and outside air to penetrate its roots. This process helps the roots grow deeper and produces a vigorous lawn.
Another reason for aeration is to break up the soil compaction and accumulated debris that may be preventing the roots of your grass from growing upward. This may include heavy lawn thatch or organic debris buried beneath the surface of your lawn. Removing these items allows your lawn to breathe better, absorb more water and nutrients, and take in more oxygen.
How to Know if Your Lawn Needs Aerating
Most homeowners want their grass to look attractive, but can't always determine if it requires aeration. While almost any lawn could benefit from the process, we especially recommended it in the following situations:
- Heavy foot traffic: If people walk through your yard frequently or it's the neighborhood spot for children to play, the heavy usage could damage your lawn.
- Your pets spend time outdoors: Families with pets, especially dogs who eliminate outside, should seriously consider lawn aeration. Urine and feces damage the top layer of grass, the layers underneath it, and the roots. A dog that runs around a lot on the lawn can also cause soil compaction.
- An overly dry lawn: If your grass often feels dry or spongy, it could indicate a problem with thatch build-up. You can find out for sure by removing approximately four inches of grass with a shovel. A healthy lawn will have mostly soil and very little thatch. Your lawn is a good candidate for aeration if the thatch is more than half an inch thick.
- Your lawn was originally established with sod and soil layering still remains. The layering prevents water in the soil from fully draining, causing poor development of roots and problems with compaction.
Why Early Fall is Ideal for Aeration
Temperatures are getting cooler by the time late August or early September rolls around, but there is still plenty of time before the first frost. Your lawn needs this time to recover from the aeration process and fill in any areas that remain open after we remove the soil plugs. Please contact us if you have more questions about aeration or want to schedule an appointment.
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Thatch on your lawn can make it look unhealthy and unsightly, even when you spend plenty of time caring for it. This is the name for the brown layer that lies between healthy soil and green grass in your yard. Compressed roots and stems, along with other dead and decaying organic material, form thatch that makes it difficult for your lawn’s roots to grow normally. When this happens, your lawn is in danger of being taken over by pests and the diseases they bring with them.
Here at The Lawnsmith, we recommend that our customers schedule an appointment for lawn dethatching in mid to late August. Our crew removes some of the thatch layers that have built up between the soil underneath it and the grass on top of it. This is essential to the long-term health of your lawn. When we are done with dethatching, we remove all debris from your property at no extra charge. We are happy to recommend a regular dethatching schedule based on the size of your lawn and the type of grass it contains.
Why Timing is Important When it Comes to Lawn Dethatching
Late summer is the ideal time for dethatching because heat waves are most likely over and the grass still has plenty of time to recover before the first frost. In a cool-weather state like Minnesota, grass grows most vigorously at this time of year. Dethatching can be hard on a lawn, so leaving adequate time for it to re-grow healthy grass is ideal.
It’s also best to start dethatching when the soil is moist, neither too dry or too wet. Our lawn care crew can determine the best time by visiting you at home and measuring the moistness of your soil. We never dethatch during a drought as this could permanently damage your lawn. Lastly, we recommend mowing your lawn to approximately half its normal height before we start the dethatching process.