Afternoons by the pool and weekends in front of the grill might seem a long way away now, but what you do now will have a big impact on how your lawn looks this summer. Aeration is our best-kept trick to a great, lush lawn that adds major curb appeal to your yard. What is aeration, and does it really get results?

What Is Aeration?

Aeration is a simple process that removes plugs of compacted soil from your lawn. These plugs will naturally break down on the surface of your lawn, and the holes that they leave behind allow sun, water, nutrients, and fertilizer to reach the roots of your grass. This helps the lawn grow back stronger, and you can combine aeration with overseeding to also ensure that your lawn is fuller.

Why Does Aerating Help Lawns?

Grass needs enough fertilizer, air, water, and sunlight to grow. When you walk across your lawn and the soil gets compacted, it makes it harder for grass roots to get these essentials. By getting rid of plugs of soil throughout the lawn, you can give grass what it needs. Even only half an inch of compacted soil can harm the health of your grass, and aeration will reverse that process.

When Does Your Lawn Need Aeration?

You might not think that aeration needs to happen more than once every few years, but a tremendous amount of compaction happens in only a single year. Walking across the lawn, playing in the grass, outdoor entertaining, and other outdoor activities can all compress the soil. Aeration is an annual tradition for homeowners with the greenest, thickest lawns.

When Should You Aerate?

Aeration can be done at any time during the year, but it’s a good idea to do it in the spring or the fall for the best impact. Now is the perfect time to schedule your aeration and get ready for a lawn that you love.

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