The secret to a lush green lawn is ideal soil conditions. However, the soil beneath lawns is often too compacted, restricting grass root growth and limiting nutrition intake. Fortunately, there is an easy solution: call Fenix Lawn & Tree, LLC for lawn aeration in the Oklahoma City metro area.
Aeration is the process of perforating the soil of your lawn with small holes. These holes make it simpler for air, water, and nutrients to reach the roots of your grass. Plus, they allow the roots to spread and take hold more easily. Contact us today to schedule aeration by our skilled crew.
Why and When You Should Aerate
Almost every property can benefit from lawn aeration, but some benefit more than others. If your lawn gets heavy use from children or pets running on it, the soil may be overly compacted. Likewise, if your property was recently constructed, the dirt is likely pressed down from the heavy equipment. Aeration is also good for lawns that were established by sod due to the soil layering involved. Finally, we recommend aeration if your lawn dries out easily and has a spongy feel; this could indicate a thatch problem that requires aeration to break up.
The ideal time of year for lawn aeration is during growing season. If you have cool season grass, that means early spring or fall. If you have warm season grass, aim for late spring. However, you can aerate almost any time of year successfully; contact us to learn more.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is it important to aerate your lawn?
Aerating your lawn is an important part of maintaining its health and vitality. Here are several reasons why it is beneficial:
- Promotes Root Growth – Aerating creates small holes in the soil, which allow air, water, and nutrients to reach the roots. This helps the roots grow deeply and produce a stronger, more vigorous lawn.
- Improves Water Absorption – Compact soil can prevent water from properly penetrating the ground. Aeration helps improve water absorption, reducing water runoff and puddling.
- Reduces Soil Compaction – Over time, soil can become compacted, especially in high-traffic areas. This limits the space available for roots to expand and access necessary nutrients. Aeration alleviates this compaction, giving roots the room they need to grow.
- Enhances Thatch Breakdown – Thatch is a layer of dead grass and debris that can build up on your lawn. Aeration helps break down thatch by mixing it into the soil, promoting decomposition and preventing buildup.
- Increases Tolerance to Heat & Drought – Lawns that have been aerated tend to have deeper root systems, making them more resilient during periods of heat or drought.
- Improves Fertilizer Uptake – By creating a direct path to the roots, aeration enhances the effectiveness of fertilizers.
What is the most effective way to aerate a lawn?
The most effective way to aerate a lawn generally involves using a machine known as a core or plug aerator. This device removes small plugs or “cores” of soil and grass from the lawn.