Aeration What is it and how will it benefit my Lawn?
The purpose of Aeration is to reduce the compactness of the soil by letting in air and water. Soil has a tendency to compact, causing the soil particles to get pushed closer together by heavy rainfall or traffic on the surface making it difficult for moisture and gases essential for grass development to flow freely back and forth through the soil to the roots and surface leading to poor root development. Poorly developed roots - lead to weak grass and poor drought and disease tolerance.
Compaction causes the space in the soil to become small causing a reduction in the amount of air held in the root zone. It inhibits drainage which causes shallow root growth this will reduce the drought resistance of the grass, and makes it more susceptible to disease.
The compactness of the ground could have serious impact on your lawn.
The benefit of having Aeration is to improve routing to help produce a healthy drought resistant lawn. Encourage the growth of micro - organisms which benefit the soil and aid thatch breakdown. It also aids irrigation allowing the water to drain down to the roots of the grass and helps with surface runoff. If carried out before Top Dressing it will allow the dressing to reach into the holes created to improve the structure of the soil. Having your lawn aerated will assist you having a Lush Green Healthy Lawn.
At Lawn and Weed Care Wirral we can relieve the compaction of your lawn by using our professional aerating machines that move across the lawn punching either solid tines or hollow tines into the ground and removing soil plugs a few inches in length. This will also help with thatch reduction. We also remove the plugs brought up by the machine we do not leave them on the lawn, they are bagged up for you to dispose.
Aeration can be carried out at any time of year depending on soil and weather conditions.