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Why You Need to Aerate Your Lawn This Fall


If you’re hoping to achieve and maintain a gorgeous lawn, you’ll have to make sure that you take care of your lawn with regular lawn maintenance chores such as watering, fertilizing, and mowing. In order to reap the benefits of these lawn chores, it is imperative that nutrients can penetrate the soil beneath your lawn. In order to do this, you will need to enlist the help of a professional to aerate your lawn this fall. Aeration ensures that air and water can penetrate the thatch (built-up layers of grass) that lies on the top layer of soil in your lawn. Below we discuss the key benefits of lawn aeration and why you should incorporate this into your lawn care efforts this fall!

What exactly is aeration?

Aeration is the act of perforating the surface of the soil with small holes. These holes are designed to allow nutrients, water, and air to reach the roots of your lawn. This will enable the roots to grow deeper and the lawn to grow stronger and more vigorous.

Why is aeration performed?

The primary reason that aeration is performed is to relieve any soil compaction. Compaction occurs when soil has been pressed down too tightly. Air, water, and nutrients cannot penetrate the soil because the particles are compressed together.

Aeration combats excess thatch and organic debris that line the surface of the soil just below the grass blades that may starve roots from essential nutrients, air, and water. It is recommended that aeration is performed several times annually to see consistent results.

Why is aeration done in the fall?

The best time to aerate your lawn is during the growing season, but not when the lawn is stressed. Aeration should be done at just the right time so that the grass can focus energy towards filling in any open areas after the soil plugs are removed. Performing aeration at random times throughout the year when the grass is stressed may actually damage your lawn. 

Many people may not realize the importance of aeration or completely understand the process. It should, however, be an integral part of your lawn care regime if you want a consistently healthy lawn year-to-year. Gecko Green offers aeration services that will invigorate your lawn and give it the boost it needs to thrive.