There are many reasons you’d want to have an attractive yard. One among them is the fact that a lush lawn makes your entire homestead look serene. But you have to spend a few hours every week to ensure that your garden is pleasant to the eye.
You have to mow and water the grass. Other than that, aerating your yard is a must. However, most homeowners tend to overlook this lawn care routine. Here’s why you should start aerating your yard (if you’re not doing it already).
It Helps Deal with Compaction
As you and your family steps on the lawn, the soil gets compacted. While there’s nothing you can do about this, aeration helps loosen the soil. In effect, it allows the water to penetrate deeper into the ground to promote growth. Besides, compaction makes it difficult for your grass’ roots to infiltrate the soil. As a result, then grass starts to dry, leaving bare patches in your yard.
It Reduces Thatching
Apart from preventing the growth of grass on your lawn, compaction also causes what is known as thatching. For starters, this is a situation whereby a sheet of dead roots and stems forms on the uppermost stratum of the soil.
While thatching helps increase the soil’s moisture retention capacity, it becomes harmful if it is more than ¾ inches in thickness. When the layer is too thick, it forms a breeding ground for diseases and pests which in turn affects the shape of your lawn. Aerating helps prevent this barrier from forming and by extension improves the appearance of your yard.
Besides you can gather the thatch and convert it into compost manure to use on your lawn later.
It Increases the Rate of Fertilizer Penetration into the Soil
To aerate your lawn, all you have to do is to “punch” some holes into the ground using special equipment. The holes thus allow liquid fertilizer to penetrate the soil quickly. And, the faster the fertilizer gets absorbed by the ground, the faster the intended results.
Speaking of equipment, you ought to have a string trimmer even as you aerate to get rid of weed and other unwanted plants. The size of your lawn may determine the type of string trimmer to buy. And as explained by Trimmer and Edgers, there are two types to choose from. Each type differs in functionality and power to suit diverse needs and preferences of homeowners.