Breathing is import for all life including your lawn. Over time soil compacts naturally aided by foot traffic, lawn mowing and rain. This squeezing together of the upper surface of soil reduces the ability of air, water and nutrients to penetrate through into the root zone. This has an adverse effect on the health and appearance of your lawn. The solution to soil compaction is called Aeration. It is the process of punching thousands of holes into the lawn, creating air gaps and cracks that allow water and nutrients to flow into the root zone more easily and brings soil microbes and micro-nutirents back to the surface. With mowing and fertilising, aerating is the next most important thing to do for your lawn, especially to help eradicate moss and thatch build-up. Unfortunately, because the results aren’t immediate this means that lawn aeration is rarely done. Most lawns will benefit from core aeration once per year and following aeration, many lawns would benefit from an application of top-dressing (soil/sand) plus overseeding to thicken and improve the quality of the lawn.
Benefits of lawn aerating
- Aeration is one of the most beneficial treatments for your lawn
- Reduces compaction, loosens the soil, improves drainage and breathing
- Discourages weeds eg Dandelion & Plantain thrive in heavy compacted soil Strengthens grass through encouraging deeper root systems
- Helps the soil to break down thatch thereby reducing moss
- It improves the effectiveness of fertilisation