Humans aren’t the only ones who need oxygen – so do hard-working roots, which provide water and nutrients to beautiful Kansas City lawns. Core aeration is a simple and effective means of getting much needed oxygen into our dense clay soil. Autumn offers perfect daytime temperatures for you to comfortably work outside and core aerate your lawn. Core aeration machines are easy to use and can be rented from your local landscaping company.
October Means it’s Time to Core Aerate Your Lawn
There are several benefits to core aerating your lawn:
- Foot traffic and playful children compact the soil beneath your lawn. This eventually causes oxygen deprivation to the roots. Core aerating frees up more space for roots to breathe.
- More soil space allows vital water and nutrients to reach the roots, and encourages deeper root growth.
- Aerating your lawn helps to break up accumulated thatch, which settles in that first layer of soil. When deep enough, thatch can prevent the roots from getting what they need to facilitate growth.
Bluegrass and fescue lawns should be aerated in the fall or early winter. In some cases, you may want to aerate twice a year. Aeration holes should be 3-inches apart and 3-inches deep for optimal results.