Aerating Your Lawn

by Amy Gordon
(last updated May 7, 2013)

Have you ever had a yard with grass that just failed to grow green, no matter how much care you take? All the watering, weeding, and fertilizing can amount to nothing in some cases. If you are having this problem, here is something to think about: when was the last time you aerated your lawn? Many lawns will not grow green when they are not aerated, especially when there is a lot of traffic on the lawn.

Over time, the soil in your lawn is being pressed down. As the soil is compacted, it becomes more and more difficult for your grass to receive the nutrients it needs. What many people do not know is that roots, just like nearly every living thing in this world, need oxygen. Without oxygen, the roots are not able to properly absorb any nutrients, no matter how many you feed to them. The answer is to somehow allow air to reach the roots so they can receive nutrients and grow greener. The way to do this is by aerating the lawn.

Unless your lawn receives a lot of traffic, you will probably not need to aerate very often. If you do have a lot of traffic, consider aerating your lawn every year. When you have decided that you want to aerate your lawn, your best option is to rent an aerator. This can usually be done at any gardening center, or you could pay a landscaping company to aerate your lawn. Either way will work, so it is really your preference. If you do rent a machine yourself, make sure you get one that will scoop the clumps out of the ground. This should be the default option. If, however, your soil is really sandy, you might want to get one that just makes holes in the ground. This is definitely an exception and by no means a rule.

You will be amazed at the benefits of aeration to your lawn. That grass you were having such a difficult time growing will just spring up and look better than ever.

Author Bio

Amy Gordon

Amy Gordon loves keeping things simple, natural, and safe so she can spend more time having fun. Every day she learns new things about making life at home easier and she loves to share it with you! ...

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