Doug's Lawn Care is proud to have served the towns of Wasaga Beach, Stayner and Collingwood for the past 25 years. We take pride in our work and look forward to discussing your lawn care or snow plowing needs.
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What Is Aeration?
In technical terms, aeration is the naturally occurring process of air exchange between the soil and its surrounding atmosphere. In layman’s terms, aeration is the process of punching holes (usually 7 -10 cm’s deep) into your lawn to allow water, oxygen, fertilizers, and other nutrients to penetrate the soil and better reach the roots of your grass. Aerating can also help in breaking up the build-up of thatch, (layers of living and decaying stems and roots), in your lawn. How Does Aeration Work?
- Aeration equipment has many hollow coring tines, that when passed over the lawn will puncture the soil and remove small plugs of soil.
- The small plugs of soil and thatch are left on the lawn since they contain micro-organisms that are beneficial in helping break down the remaining thatch.
- The small plugs of soil will disappear back into the lawn in 7-10 days or when the grass is mowed.
The need to aerate a lawn generally stems from compacting from heavy use such as foot traffic. Typically, the more clay you have in your soil, the more susceptible your lawn is to compacting. Your lawn requires three elements for survival - moisture, nutrients, and air. When your lawn gets heavily compacted, its roots get deprived of the air they need to survive and grow. Additionally, aerating allows water and nutrients to better penetrate into the soil and to the grass roots. If you have problems with pooling of water in your lawn, or are on a steep slope, aerating can help to trap the water and absorb it more quickly into the ground. If you have a small build-up of thatch each year, aerating generally solves this problem as well.
Aeration can help make your lawn healthier in the following ways:
- Improved air exchange between the soil and atmosphere
- Reduced soil compaction
- Stronger grass roots
- Improved fertilizer uptake
- Better water uptake
- Reduced water runoff
- Enhanced heat and drought stress tolerance
- Improved thatch breakdown
Call DLC for a free quote for aerating your lawn
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