Does Lawn Aeration Need to Be Done in the Summer? Pacific Lawn Maintenance Answers Your Lawn Care and Landscaping Questions
There are few subjects as mystifying to the average Spokane home or business owner than lawn aeration. While pretty much everyone knows it’s a crucial part of a healthy lawn or yard, few know why, and even fewer consider themselves an expert on the topic.
The truth of the matter is that lawn aeration is an essential part of any home or business’s lawn maintenance routine. To help uncover some of the mysteries of this useful subject, we’ve put together this guide on the most commonly asked questions on lawn aeration we hear from our clients in Spokane. Take a gander at it and inform yourself!
Do I Need Lawn Aeration?
The simple answer to this question is ‘yes’. If you have a traditional grass lawn or a garden—we’d say that applies to most, if not all the people living in Spokane—then regular aeration is absolutely crucial for your lawn’s continued good health and maintenance.
Why? Well, between the living roots and the shoots of green grass that you see and the soil, there is a layer of dead and decaying matter called thatch. Thatch is mainly composed of old grass and current grass roots. When left undisturbed for years, the thatch can become quite thick. When new grass is laid on the thatch in your yard, its roots can’t reach the soil through this thick layer, preventing it from growing healthily and absorbing nutrients through the soil.
Aeration also oxygenates the soil, which gives it its name. Tiny bacteria fix nitrogen and oxygen from the air and place it into the soil. This makes the soil in your yard super-charged with good stuff, almost as if you had added fertilizer. Thus, on two levels, aeration works to promote good lawn health and makes your life easier.
How Often Should Aeration Be Done?
Most lawn care companies advocate lawn aeration in the summer, and that’s why most of our customers request lawn aeration during the hot months. But aeration is an inexpensive and effective way to keep your lawn healthy that requires no extra chemicals or fertilizers.
We actually recommend your lawn be aerated three times a year; in the spring after the first thaw, in summer, and in fall after a thick carpet of leaves has built up over your yard. This promotes composting and enriches the soil for the following spring.
Do Lawn Aeration Shoes Work?
They certainly worked enough to be granted a patent, but for home or business owners looking for a way to save money on aeration, lawn aeration shoes have not been shown in studies to be an effective way of aerating your lawn. Call a landscaping company instead!
Where Can I Find the Best Lawn Aeration Companies Near Me?
That’s easy. Simply pick up the phone and call Pacific Lawn Maintenance today. From tree trimming to aeration and more, we’re Spokane’s top choice for landscaping and lawn maintenance services. Call us today for a free estimate!