Annually aerating your turf is one of the best things you can do for your lawn. Our lawns struggle from soil compaction and a thick thatch layer. An aeration will will resolve compaction issues and allow the soil access to air, water and nutrients.
Thatch is a brown, spongy, organic layer of living and dead roots and stems that accumulate above the soil surface. Typically thatch build up begins when the turf produces organic debris faster than it can be broken down. Other factors that contribute to thatch build up can be grass clippings, improper fertilization and Mother Nature. This prevents water and nutrients from getting below the soil surface and becomes a breeding place for both insects and disease. What is considered excessive thatch? Thatch layers over 1/2 inch thick is considered excessive.
Soil compaction is a common problem in turf quality. Compaction can be caused by heavy traffic and other factors. Compaction causes reduced oxygen levels and root systems become shallow. Compacted soil does not allow grass roots access to needed water and nutrients.
Overseeding those bare or thin areas after aerating is a great idea. An aeration will also loosen the soil to help seed germination.
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