February doesn’t seem like a time of year to be focusing on your yard, rather you might think you should be focusing on clearing the driveway and sitting inside with some hot cocoa. Unfortunately, the winter snowfall has been doing some damage to your lawn over the last few weeks, creating a weight that’s been pressing down on your grass, compacting it at just the time you want to be opening up your lawn to allow it to breath and get ready for spring growth.
That’s where lawn aeration comes in. That’s a service we provide involving removing “plugs” of small holes of dirt and thatch from your lawn. You see, over time, the grass in your lawn grows more and more tightly together, with root systems becoming entwined, eventually choking each other out. Add in the daily traffic your lawn sees, from you and your family walking around on the grass, to the weight of the regular travels of your lawn mower, which packs the dirt down. Over time you begin to have an issue of your lawn isn’t able to drain properly, meaning water isn’t distributed evenly for your grass to absorb. Winter snowfall, as mentioned above, further exacerbates this issue, because while the melting snow might seem like a great watering for your lawn, it also represents a giant flat weight put over the whole thing, even further packing it in. You’re also going to have a layer of thatch in your grass that’s cutting off proper drainage for your lawn. This is a layer of dead plant material that sits on the ground around your grass, slowly building up a barrier keeping melting snow and rainfall from penetrating through to the lower roots. This mulching dead grass can be healthy for your yard, allowing it to reabsorb nitrogen and other nutrients from cut grass, but as it builds and gets packed in, it begins to choke the life from your yard.
Lawn aeration works to circumvent all of these issues, and this late winter/early spring season is an excellent time to get started because the ground is moist enough from melting snow and rainfall to make aeration easier. Holes are put in your hard that allow water and air to reach the lower levels of your yard, feeding the root system and breaking up the thatch. There’s different methods for aeration though, and they aren’t equal. Chances are, you’ve seen some different gadgets in the store for aerating your lawn cheaply by yourself, using either specialized shoes or a push tool that has large spikes on them. These tools punch holes in the ground to accomplish aeration, but they can actually make the problem worse. By simply pressing into the ground with spikes, you’re further compacting the ground around where the spikes have been pushed in. The method we use, and most more expensive tools will use, is to aerate the lawn by punching holes in the ground removing small pieces of soil and thatch. This means you aren’t compressing the soil in the area you are aerating. The soil “pucks” that are removed can be allowed to dry, then broken up and mixed back into the natural composting for your lawn. This keeps the nutrients in your lawns biome, but opens up the soil for proper drainage.
With the snows starting to melt and some small breaks in the temperature coming, this is the perfect time of year to schedule an aeration treatment for your lawn with our experts, give us a call today!