A few weeks ago I wrote about how I’ve changed my opinion on lawn aeration in my blog post, Aeration 101. Since then many of our customers have been wanting to learn more about aeration. Going so far as to ask how it actually works, which is why I shot a quick video of Sam (another valued Village Green Team Member) aerating a customer’s lawn. As you can see from the video, aeration is a pretty simple process. We use a lawn machine that looks like a cross between a lawn mower and mini-tank that literally punches thousands of holes into your lawn. After seeing Sam in action I think most of our customers will get how it works, but the bigger question is why should you consider aerating your lawn?
The answer is pretty simple. You need to aerate your lawn annually (it is best to do it in the winter or early spring) because you live in North Texas.
Our infamous clay soils are made up of tiny particles that compact over time, getting tighter and tighter. Eventually your soil will become so compacted that it has a hard time taking in water, oxygen, and fertilizer. The more traffic on your lawn, whether people or pets increases the problem which is why golf courses aerate their greens and fairways a several times per year.
As a homeowner, you don’t need to go that far, but it is a wise investment to aerate your lawn once a year. The benefits are pretty simple. Once you poke thousands of holes in your lawn, you are creating little cups that will collect water, oxygen and fertilizer. These components to a healthy lawn will be able to penetrate deep into your soil down to the root system of your grass, which will lead to a healthier lawn.
Possibly the most important benefit of aeration, considering we live in North Texas where many of our cities are under Stage 3 Water Restrictions, is that aeration increases your water retention and will lower your water bill.
In the end aeration just makes good sense. Financially and environmentally, and better yet, the end result will be a much healthier and more beautiful lawn when you combine aeration with your ongoing lawn maintenance program.
If you have any questions regarding aeration, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 972-495-6990, email me at [email protected] or fill out our contact form. We’d be happy to answer any of your lawn aeration questions.