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Lawn Aeration

09/17/2015 14:08 pm

Now that summer is winding down, it’s time to start thinking about preparing your lawn for the winter.  We are coming off one of the driest August we’ve had in a long time and we know that your lawn has taken a hard hit.  In order to achieve and maintain a beautiful lawn, you should employ basic lawn care practices such as properly mowing, fertilizing and watering. It is also important to ensure that nutrients can reach the soil beneath your grass. Aeration can be an extremely vital element to a healthy lawn because it allows air and water to penetrate built-up grass or lawn thatch.  Aeration involves perforating the soil with small holes to allow air, water and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots. This helps the roots grow deeply and produce a stronger, more vigorous lawn.

SIGNS YOU NEED LAWN AERATION.

Your lawn may look fine, but if you notice any of the following, chances are your lawn is begging for some much-needed airing out.

•Puddles form on your lawn after a rainstorm. If the ground isn't soaking up any rainwater, it’s preventing much needed moisture and nutrients from reaching your soil.

•Your lawn does not pass the “screwdriver test.” If you have difficulty sticking a screwdriver into the ground, it’s time for a thorough aeration.

•There is a thick layer of debris (also known as thatch). Excessive thatch (over 1/2 inch thick) creates a favorable environment for lawn-damaging insects and disease.

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