Among the tasks of lawn care, there are some that are obviously more well-known than others. Any property owner that makes a go of taking care of their own lawn will know to mow, water, and fertilize. However, the job of aeration can be overlooked by many, and also underestimated. This is probably true because the results are not seen quite as quickly. In fact, in the immediate aftermath, the only thing seen is holes and plugs of dirt that have been removed from the lawn. However, aeration serves many vital functions of keeping a green, healthy lawn. The staff at Premier Green Lawns understands this better than anyone, and this is good news for anyone around the surrounding area of Gladwin.
An unavoidable occurrence that happens gradually over time is soil compaction. A number of factors cause this to happen, and depending on how many factors are applied to your yard, the rate at which this happens from property to property can also vary. How often a lawn is used and walked on, the amount of rainfall you are getting, temperature variances, and the type of soil you have will all affect the degree of compaction. But inevitably, aeration should be done at least once per year. If you have an exceptionally heavy clay soil, you may need to have it done more often.
Soil compaction brings along complications to your grass and plant life. If the dirt underneath is packed too tightly, it makes it far more difficult for water, and lawn fertilizer to penetrate through and get to the roots. Much of the water will simply run off onto the sidewalks and driveways, and wash away the plant food with it. Lack of adequate water and nutrients will, of course, lead to browning, thinning, and eventual dying of the grass. The removal of plugs will loosen the soil, relieve the compaction, and allow for greater absorption of those nutrients and water that the blades need to stay alive.
Loosening the soil provides more nutrition in more ways than one. There is the water and the lawn fertilizer that the staff here at Premier Green Lawns can apply to your turf. However, there will be more nutrients coming from underground, as a result of the helpers that reside below. Earthworms are efficient decomposers of dead organic material, breaking them apart and recycling them. They help direct the water movement beneath the surface, turn over the soil – up to six inches in depth between 10-20 years. Their burrowing provides channels, which is a form of subterranean aeration. They pull dead residue from the surface, which helps increase the capacity of the topsoil to absorb and hold fresh nutrients and water. When the topsoil is packed too tightly, that makes their job much more difficult. It will greatly slow down their ability to burrow and travel, and they essentially will be doing all the work themselves. Aeration is an outstanding way to assist these immeasurably beneficial creatures in cleaning and refreshing your soil from beneath.
Aeration is also a great dethatching measure. Thatch is a layer of plant material coming from stems, leaves, roots, and other matter that will build up over time in your topsoil. A certain amount of thatch is beneficial to the soil. It serves as a measure of protection against extreme temperatures in the summer and winter. However, an excess of thatch will attract insect pests as well as harmful fungi and other disease problems.
Lawn aeration also increases the amount of oxygen that gets to the soil, and consequently, the beneficial microflora and microfauna that will aid your grass in growing. This is another method in with earthworms act symbiotically, as their tunneling will also stimulate the growth and multiplication of these tiny organisms. Not only does it enable the good bugs, aeration can also help control the ones that are harmful to your grass. Proper aeration has been shown to help keep the grub population down.
There are two basic types of aeration. There is spike aeration, which is the method of creating holes in the ground with spikes. This has the effect of pushing the soil sideways, but does not remove any from the ground. The other type is core aeration, which actually pulls up plugs of dirt from the yard, and leaves those plugs to just sit on top of the turf. At Premier Green Lawns, we use the core aeration technique. Spike aeration works adequately only when there is very little compaction, and even then, core aeration will work just as well. When the soil is significantly compacted, spike aeration does not remove any thatch or compacted soil from the yard; it merely pushes it to the side. The consequence is that the holes will push back together relatively quickly, and you still have the same amount of thatch and compaction. The room left by core aeration will allow for greater access for a much longer period of time. Once the plugs dry out, the next time the lawn is mowed, the mower blades will easily break them up and make them disappear. In addition, the holes made by core aeration can also make room for new seeding. Overseeding will further increase the density of your lawn, which will make it naturally more resistant to weed growth and insect invasion. Premier Green Lawns will overseed your lawn specifically upon your request.
Has it been too long since your lawn has been aerated? Is your yard thinning out? Do you have a lot of runoff when you water your grass? If it has been over a year since you have had a core aeration, or you cannot remember the last time it was done, call on the capable staff at Premier Green Lawns. We have certified and licensed technicians, along with top quality aeration equipment that will completely relieve your soil’s compaction. We are proud of the relationship we are building with the community and surrounding region of Gladwin, and we look forward to your call. Contact us today for more information about our lawn care services.