When Should I Aerate— Prevention Or Remedy?
There are numerous practical practices that are used in garden and lawn maintenance, and the simpler ones, easier to follow by homeowners. Or lawn keepers who have only a small area to maintain.
Aside from the simplest of lawn care must-dos like watering (or setting-up an automatic irrigation system), aeration is something that some are accustomed to doing as well. Although there are others who are either unaware of what it does or unsure of its efficacy in the first place.
So, what is aeration, and when speaking of your law, should you aerate?
Aeration is a horticulture method of boring or puncturing the soil so that elements such as sunlight, water, and air can easily reach even the lower parts of the ground layer. Furthermore, it allows grass’ and other plants’ roots to grow healthier, and therefore bring you a yard that’s luscious in greens.
How does aeration do all this? There’s a term called soil compression or compaction, and this happens in most if not instances. When the soil is levelled one layer on top of another, it goes without saying that the lower levels which will bear the weight of the ones on top will be very compacted together.
When this happens, parts of it, the ones that are compressed together are likely to receive fewer nutrients. Thus, affecting the overall growth of your plants. Hence, aerating lets the pressure out through decompression for the entirety of the ground, in width and depth, will receive essential nourishment.
Prevention Or Remedy?
Going back to the main question, should you, then aerate? To answer this, let’s go through these reasons for when you SHOULD. See if your yard is a good candidate to be aerated before you begin the process.
First, the yard itself is newly constructed. Usually, and unfortunately at that, the topsoil covers the subsoil almost completely, and then is veiled with grass. With this, the subsoil then will immediately be condensed. Instead of letting construction professionals do the filling-in, hire a team of horticulturists.
Second, you should aerate if every now and then, even with regular water, the soil very quickly tends to dry up and therefore dries the grass on them, too. This could be a sign of soil compaction underneath.
And the third reason for you to consider this is when a different kind of soil is layered on top of another type. Often, it’s when fine soil is placed atop the coarser, more dense ones. This acts as a roof, a blockage against the lower soil layer.
If your lawn falls under any of the three descriptions, then you can take your pick between the two main devices for aeration—- spike versus plug. Spike aerators are forks or soil tine for poking the soil itself, while plug aerators unplug certain cores of grasses to create holes in place of them.
Though both work fine, some recommend the latter as spiking has a tendency of compacting certain portions even more.
There are numerous aerating equipment rentals. Just make sure to follow the instructions very well, especially when it comes to the exact diameter that plugs should have for the best results.