The battle between good and evil has been going on since the beginning of time. It has been written about and portrayed in movies, television and history books. Usually all the main characters have one archenemy. Joker, to Batman, Hatfields, to McCoys, Mondays, to everyone, and then there is the battle of the lawn. Aeration vs Compaction, a story that deserves a cinematic scene. Ok, maybe we got a little carried away. However, if you reread that opening with the movie trailer man’s voice, it’s a must see movie.
This blog will be about the service and impact of Aeration, and how it will impact your lawn and defeat its enemy, compaction. (SPOILERS AHEAD!)
The Origin Story
Aeration is a service done to your lawn when the soil becomes compacted. Compaction damage varies, based on the amount of action that takes place in your yard. Action refers to foot traffic, your children playing on your lawn, your pet running on your lawn, or maybe you have a party and people have to park on your lawn. There are many different scenarios that can lead to compaction. Aeration is what you can do to your lawn to release it from compaction. Once your lawn is free of compacted soil, it becomes healthier and is able to flourish. (Side Note: Rolling of your lawn leads to compaction as well.)
Compaction, once brought to “life”, wants to stay present on our lawn. Depending on your soil, compaction can be more or less likely to arise. Clay soils tend to become more compacted than sandy soils. This is because clay particles are less likely to separate than sand particles. Once the super villain “Compaction” is born, it constricts the soil and it binds together, blocking water and air from getting to the roots of your lawn. If water and air cannot get to the grassroots, your lawn will lack the required nutrients necessary for it to thrive and stay healthy. So compaction threatens your lawn and attempts to stay on your property, ultimately killing your grass and plant life. (Talk about an evil villain!)
Sound the Alarm
There are ways to tell whether or not your lawn is compacted. As mentioned before, when this condition affects your soil, water and air cannot get to the roots. Since the water cannot penetrate the ground, after some heavy rainfall, you will start to see pools of water forming on your lawn. Sometimes with light rain or watering, you may not see the pools of water form right away, so this continues to build overtime. The lack of water getting to the roots and pools of water forming, will lead to your lawn turning brown and looking like it is dehydrated, because it is! Your lawn will also feel spongy and become thick, almost as if there is a spring underneath it. When you see pools of water or note signs of a dehydrated or spongy lawn, you need to immediately sound the alarm and shoot the aeration signal into the sky! Your lawn needs a hero! It needs to be aerated as soon as possible!
Aeration to the Rescue
Aeration is the right solution for your problem. Now, you can do the aeration yourself and rent or buy the equipment. Or you may choose to hire a professional team that has experience and will take the time to do it properly, as it is hard work. (That’s why we are here!)
Aeration is best done during spring or fall. Aeration also has to be done at the start of the season. (Side Note: The reason why this blog is being written before spring is so you are aware and know ahead of time that it has to be done early in the season. The perfect time for this project is approaching soon.) In the springtime, you have to aerate before the weeds start to germinate in order to prevent weeds with core aeration. Another fun fact is that if you see dandelions on your lawn, it is too late to aerate! So watch out for dandelions and aerate before you see them!
If you miss your window for aeration in the spring, the fall is the next best time to do it. The best time, again, is in the beginning of the season, which would be before Halloween. Also, if you aerate in the fall, it preps your lawn for the next growing season, allowing your grass to grow thicker and greener the following spring.
Look, Batman sometimes needed the help of Robin, and even Batgirl, depending on what Batman story you are thinking about. The point is, sometimes you need extra help in order to make sure the villain doesn’t come back. In this case, we are trying to avoid compaction. Here are a few “sidekicks” or additions on top of aeration to avoid compaction.
The first sidekick is overseeding. This is a great addition to aeration in the spring. Applying new grass seeds allows your lawn to grow stronger and thicker because the new seeds fill in the bare portions of your lawn. The one-two combo of aeration and overseeding allows the new seeds to get through to the soil easier because it is not compacted.
The second sidekick, or addition, can work with aeration in the spring and the fall. This is fertilizer. You should be fertilizing your lawn around the same time that you would aerate, so why not combine both services? Aerating and fertilizing together allow your lawn to get the nutrients it cannot obtain naturally. Also, if you combine the two in the fall, it will continue to feed your lawn throughout the winter and provide luscious, green grass in the spring.
This brings us to our final point. Let us be your sidekicks when it comes to protecting your lawn. You will ultimately recognize the issues your property is facing, and you can simply call us to provide the services needed. Like a good sidekick, we will make sure the threat is neutralized. Your lawn will be healthy and able to flourish year round. Let us do the hard work, so that you can enjoy your lawn, outdoor space, and some free time!
The Divine team is proud to support the residents of El Dorado, Augusta, and Towanda, KS and their surrounding areas. We are here for all your lawn care needs, so give us a call today and tell us how we can help you!