Why it’s Important to Aerate Your Soil

Aeration and proper fertilization maintain lawns healthy and green throughout the year. Compacted and hard soils turn the lawn brown or yellow, while at the same time increase the apparition of weeds. Aeration reduces compaction, oxidizes the soil and allows the roots to take the appropriate nutrients and grow as vigorous as possible. With the help of a lawn aerator, the soil is perforated with small holes to allow air, water and other nutrients to reach deeper.

Lawn aeration processThe benefits of using a lawn aerator

If not aerated, compacted soil can prevent proper lawn growth, and the grass becomes more prone to diseases and insect invasions. Lawn aeration is also an ecological practice, because a healthy lawn with dense grass blades increases the amount of oxygen in the atmosphere and allows you to breath a fresher air. In addition, a lawn aerator:

  • Improves surface compaction and encourages the growth of new roots
  • Allows the roots to grow deeper
  • Improves nutrient absorption
  • Reduces the accumulation of straws
  • Improves soil permeability
  • Improves drainage, reducing the risk of fungal diseases
  • Improves air exchange between soil and the atmosphere

Lawn aerators can be electric (they extract the earth from the holes they produce with the help of metal cylinders, leaving behind some small earth cylinders) and mechanical (they drill holes, but do not extract the soil from them).

While lawn aerators will most likely do not dig deep enough to damage buried cable, a rented underground cable locator will be able to help you find buried energized and de-energized lines.

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