Do you want to help your lawn be green, healthy, and thriving? Aeration is a key part of lawn maintenance that allows for just that. Many homeowners assume that to have a healthy lawn, all you need is to mow it as needed, keep it watered, and weed it whenever weeds rear their ugly heads. The truth is that there’s a lot more to a healthy lawn than that. Onyx Lawn & Pest Control provides professional lawn services throughout the greater Ogden area that keep your lawn as beautiful as possible by giving it the care, attention, and maintenance it needs.
What Is Aeration?
Aeration is the process of loosening compacted soil so that nutrients, air, and water can more easily reach the roots of your grass. This helps your grass grow stronger and healthier and allows for its roots to penetrate deeper into the soil. We provide two types of aeration at Onyx Lawn & Pest Control to select the one that best suits your preferences: liquid and plug aeration.
Using a liquid compound spray, we treated your entire lawn. The compounds create passageways for nutrients, water, and air in your soil as they break down. Liquid aeration helps to loosen and condition your soil.
This is the most commonly known type of lawn aeration. Plugging, also known as core or mechanical aeration, involves pulling cores of dirt from your lawn. These perforated holes allow nutrients, water, and air to penetrate the surface, alleviate soil compaction, and help your lawn grow stronger and healthier. The plugs of dirt will break down and disappear within a week or two.
Why Is Aeration Necessary?
Your lawn needs oxygen to grow properly, both above and below ground. Over time, though, the soil gets compacted. This can result from many different factors, such as foot traffic, vehicles, poor soil layering, new construction, and an excessive amount of clay soil. Soil compaction impacts how much oxygen gets to your grass’s roots and can also suffocate your lawn as a whole. Aeration is necessary to loosen the soil and allow for the roots of your grass to get the oxygen, nutrients, and water vital to its health and survival.
Regular lawn aeration also increases the effectiveness of other lawn care and lawn treatments, reducing your weeds, eliminating thatch, and rejuvenating your lawn for better growth. In addition to alleviating the impacts of compacted soil, it can also help reduce the formation of clay underneath your lawn, allowing your lawn to drain water more effectively. It also reduces the effects of insect damage. If you want a beautiful lawn that isn’t all fake grass, aeration helps ensure that you have that. The healthier and stronger your lawn, the better your home’s curb appeal.
Signs Your Lawn Needs Aeration
Yes, aeration is an essential part of lawn maintenance, but it’s not like mowing your lawn. You don’t need to call the team at Onyx Lawn & Pest Control every weekend to come out and aerate your lawn. How often you’ll need to have your lawn aerated will depend on the type of grass you have and how healthy it is. Generally, you’ll need to aerate your lawn annually, typically in the fall, but this can vary. Our experts will advise you on the best lawn aeration schedule for your lawn after conducting a personalized lawn analysis.
Some signs to watch out for that indicate your lawn needs aeration include:
- Unhealthy grass. Is your lawn getting yellow or brown patches? Is it brittle rather than healthy? This is because your soil is too compacted, and your grass isn’t getting the nutrients it needs.
- Water puddles/runoff. Water is supposed to just soak right into your soil. If you have puddles of water in your lawn or runoff, your soil is too compact for the water to penetrate.
- Thick thatch layer. It’s normal and healthy for some organic debris such as stems and roots on your lawn. However, when this gets too thick, it keeps essential nutrients, water, and air from reaching your grassroots.
- Hard soil. You should be able to jab a screwdriver into your lawn or use a shovel with relative ease. If this is a struggle, your soil is too compacted.
Professional Lawn Aeration Services
When it comes to aerating your lawn, you want a company with professional tools and training and familiarity with the types of soils in your area and the unique challenges to your lawn. Onyx Lawn & Pest Control is a locally owned and operated company serving the greater Ogden area. Our experts have grown up in the lawn care industry and utilize their professional knowledge with their local expertise to provide Utah home and business owners with top-tier lawn services. Contact Onyx Lawn and Pest Control today to learn more or to schedule a service!