Aeration (pronounced “air-ay-shun” ) is the introduction of oxygen into the earth by punching small holes into the ground.
Why should you do it?
Over the warmer months, the top layer of soil can harden, dry out, and become compacted which can act as a barrier for important nutrients and chemicals to reach the roots of grass.
It also creates a surface that is harder for water to penetrate, leading to increased runoff and uncontrolled drainage. Roots are blocked from deep growth and are also squeezed tight by the packed earth. Aeration breaks through that compacted barrier and promotes healthy root growth by loosening the soil.
This creates pockets of air that can easily infiltrate the surrounding soil with oxygen while also allowing water and other essential compounds to permeate the top layer of the compacted ground.
Once air, water, and nutrients have penetrated the soil, the result is longer and stronger root systems which create a fuller lawn of grass with new growth and robust blades.
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