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To Aerate or Not to Aerate

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I know what you’re thinking. “It’s too early to think about lawn care.” But it’s never a bad idea to plan ahead. After all, spring will be here before you know it and all the hard work that comes with it.

Why do we go through such pains each year to make our yard so beautiful?

In a way, our yard is an extension of ourselves. The amount of lawn care we put into our yards shows others how dedicated and hardworking we are. Plus we like to use our yards as much as possible while the weather permits.

But the mowing, seeding, fertilizing, and weeding could be a waste of time if your yard is in need of aeration.

A good way to check if your yard needs aeration is with the screwdriver test. Stick a screwdriver into the ground up to the hilt and pull it back. If it’s hard to push the screwdriver into the soil then it’s time to aerate.

Why Aerate?

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The reason you can’t push the screwdriver through, even though your yard is getting watered regularly, is because there may be a layer of thatch under your grass.

Thatch builds up as grass clippings accumulate on top of the soil. When this layer gets thick enough it can block water from getting through which results in parched, hard ground.

As you can imagine this is not good for your grass. To the untrained eye, it may seem like your grass just needs more water but if it starts to pool in areas that’s a problem.

If your yard needs to be aerated no amount of water is going to fix it and any fertilizer you throw down is just a waste of money.

 

Benefits of Aerating

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So now you know all the signs that show your yard needs to be aerated but what benefits does your yard get out of it?

  • Improved water absorption
  • No more pooling water or runoff
  • Eliminates thatch
  • Encourages stronger roots
  • Reduces soil compaction

So now you know how important lawn aeration is to your lawn care routine what are you waiting for? Check out the lawn aeration service from Royal Greens. They understand that lawn care can be a lot of work and that you value your free time. So let the pros at Royal Greens get the job done for you. Call us today at 301-831-3731 or leave a message on our website.