Aerating Your Lawn

Aerating Your Lawn

Take a walk around your neighborhood and it may surprise you to see just how many of your neighbors don’t really know much about lawn care.  The grass isn’t always greener on the other side.  Most people thing that all they have to do is water their plants and cut the grass once in a while and your lawn is going to be healthy.  There is more to it than that in fact aerating your lawn is also a big part of taking care of your lawn.

What is Aerating Your Lawn?

Aerating your lawn is simply punching holes into your lawn.  You are probably wondering why you want to do anything like that but there is a good reason to do so.  It allows for air, water and fertilizer to get to the roots of your grass.  It can also loosen up hard soil that is compacted from traffic or heavy snow falls in the winter. Aerating your lawn also helps to break your roots apart and that helps encourage new growth and makes the root system stronger.

When to Aerate Your Lawn?

Most homeowners or landscape companies who regularly aerate their lawns usually do so in the spring when they are doing the normal spring cleanup.  Aerating in the spring can also help deal with run off and drainage problems.  If you live in an area with hard soil or soil that has been compacted by foot traffic then you should definitely aerate at least once a year.  If you have patches of grass that aren’t growing and you haven’t aerated the soil in a while then it is probably time to do so.

Choosing the Right Tools

Once you decide that your lawn needs to be aerated you are going to need the right tools to do it properly.  There are several tools that will get the job done to varying degrees.  The easiest and probably cheapest way to aerate your lawn is to get yourself some spiked shoes and start walking around your lawn.  As you walk across the grass you will punch holes into it.  The other option is to get over to a home improvement store or garden center and get a spike roller and you just walk it back and forth across the lawn to punch holes into it.

Aerating your lawn is important to the overall health of your grass, it is something that should be done each and every spring to make sure you have a healthy lawn all summer long.