Aerating a lawn is one of the most overlooked aspects of maintaining the health of your grass. Most people think it begins and ends with mowing and fertilising, but there is a secret sauce to a flourishing lawn.
Lawn aeration is not common knowledge among property owners. Mostly because it can be a tricky process, so most people avoid it. Why should you aerate your lawn? The primary reason to consider it is that the soil under the lawn becomes hard and brittle over time. It prevents water and nutrients from penetrating the roots of your grass efficiently, so this can be why some sections of your lawn can die off and become bare. Especially in areas that have a lot of foot traffic, the soil becomes really hard and eventually all you will grow is mud puddles.
The goal of aeration is to make tiny holes in the ground that allow air, water and nutrients a chance to get to the roots of the grass without harming the lawn. However, aeration is not as simple as poking holes in the ground. To perform it effectively, you need effective lawn aeration tools which are quite pricey. The good news is that the team at Northern Rivers Lawn Mowing already have the tools and we can do it in a fraction of the time that you can.
AERATING YOUR LAWN AT HOME
You can aerate a small lawn on your own with the help of aerating sandals or a garden fork. Doing so requires extra care and some safety precautions. Insert the fork into the soil and punch it to create eight to ten centimeter deep holes in it. You might need to move across your lawn several times before you aerate a section efficiently. Depending on the soil you have, you need to aerate your lawn one to two times a year.
Aerating a larger area is not easy with DIY appliances and small gardening tools. It’s also very far from a fun outdoor activity when your soil is very hard and dry. You might not get holes deep enough no matter how hard you try. You would need a professional aerator to cope with the task and these are pretty expensive so not a typical DIY job for the home gardener.
A commercial aerator actually takes out tiny plugs of lawn, rather than punching a hole in the dirt, which actually just creates more compaction in the soil around the punched hole. Plug removal creates space in the soil for it to expand into as it takes on moisture and airflow. You can also spread fertiliser after you aerate so some of the nutrients can penetrate into the soil closer to the nutrients. You will be surprised to discover what amazing long-term results this simple process can bring in the long run. Most of the amazing lawns you see around the country, in pubic gardens and green spaces are almost certainly aerating their lawn. What’s more, an aerated lawn with strong healthy grass resists weeds and insects better.
With the right professional lawn care, your green space will be the envy of the neighbours. Give us a call so we can chat about solutions for your lawn today.
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