Aeration and seeding are two practices that help to keep your yard looking great for years to come. It is like a self-care day for a lawn, providing it with the nutrients it needs to grow healthy and thrive. As important as it is, there is still some confusion about aeration and seeding, particularly about how to tell when your lawn needs help. Many homeowners wait until their lawn is in bad shape before taking action, which can often lead to extensive damage. Here are some signs your lawn needs aeration and seeding.
There may be multiple causes of thinning grass, soil hardening can be the main culprit. Compact soil prevents roots from growing properly, leading to diseases and weed growth. Aeration opens up the soil to strengthen the roots and improve your lawn’s health. And seeding adds new life to your lawn, thus filling out any thin areas.
Dry and Hard Soil
Dry or hard soil is a common sign of compacted soil. It prevents water, nutrients, and oxygen from flowing to the roots. You can use a screwdriver to check for soil compaction. Insert the tool into the soil and notice any resistance. If the screwdriver does not penetrate the soil, then it is time to schedule a lawn aeration service. Aeration softens the soil and increases hydration by improving its access to water.
Uneven grass growth is also a sign that your lawn needs aeration. Bare patches with no grass or weeds indicate compacted soil. Grass needs food and water to grow. However, compacted soil makes it difficult for nutrients and new grass to break through. Aeration breaks the hard surface and allows for the even distribution of nutrients, moisture, and oxygen for consistent growth.
Thatch is the accumulated layer of dead organic matter on top of your lawn. This thick layer of debris is formed when dead and living organic matter accumulates between the root system and the green vegetation. When thatching becomes thicker than ½ inch, it can severely limit the growth potential of your lawn. Aerating your lawn breaks up and redistributes the thatch for fast decomposition.
The green color of your grass means it receives proper nutrients from the soil. Yellow or brown patches indicate a lack of enough food and water to thrive. If you notice other warning signs in combination with yellow or brown areas, then it is time to aerate and seed.
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