Do you ever drive by your neighbors’ properties and think to yourself, “Wow, I’d really like to have some thick, green grass like that”? Do you ever feel like it’s impossible to achieve that lush, vibrant look on your property? If this is you, then you need to start looking into aeration services.
Many people aren’t aware of proper soil preparation, including aeration. If you are among that group, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Many others are familiar with aeration but are unclear on some key details. Whether this is the first time you’ve encountered the term “soil aeration” or if you know a little bit about it already, this blog will help. If you’re wondering, “Why is my grass so thin?”, aeration might be the key tool to get your lawn looking lush and verdant again. Here’s what you didn’t know about aeration.
Why is My Grass So Thin?
Has your lawn been looking a little thin recently? Wondering why that is? There are a number of possible culprits when it comes to underperforming lawns, but one reason why your grass might be so thin is that your lawn has poor circulation of oxygen and other key nutrients. If you’ve ever had very cold hands or feet you know how annoying poor circulation can be. With lawns, it’s similar, but it’s the circulation of air, moisture, and nitrogen that matters.
What Exactly is Aeration?
Aeration is the process of puncturing the soil with spiked machinery for the purpose of encouraging air circulation. Aerators, which can be mechanized or manual machines, use short, sharp spikes to aerify your soil by making many small holes in your ground. If you’re having trouble imagining what one looks like, a manual aerator looks a little but like a cross between a miniature wheat thresher and a manual push mower. If you’ve ever walked on the grass of a public park, a school, or a playing field and noticed many small holes in the ground, it’s because that field had recently been aerated.
How Does Aeration Help My Thin Grass?
Aeration helps thin lawns grow thick by improving the circulation of those lawns. How does aeration do that? Over time, the soil in your lawn begins to compact and that’s when thatch begins to accumulate. Thatch is made up of grass and plant stems, dead turfgrass, and roots that have yet to break down. If left unmaintained for too long, the thatch layer on your lawn will thicken and this can create an impenetrable layer that prevents nutrients from reaching your lawn’s roots. Without proper nutrition and hydration, your grass begins to wither, fade, and decay.
What often happens is property owners will rake their lawn one day and notice the effects that this layer of thatch has had, and that’s when they ask, “Why is my grass so thin?”. Now we know the reason why and we know how to fix this problem.
Aeration helps thin grass grow thick by breaking up this layer of thatch, thus facilitating circulation. Aeration helps in other ways, too. A thick layer of thatch makes lawns more susceptible to certain diseases and insect infestations.
How Often is Aeration Necessary?
How often you should have your lawn aerated depends on a number of factors including the kind of grasses you have, what plant life lives nearby your lawn, how much sunshine it gets, and more. There is no golden rule for lawn aeration. At Divine Lawns, we usually recommend pr operty owners have their lawns aerated annually or biennially. It should also be noted that aeration also plays a key role in drainage. You might not be asking, “Why is my grass so thin?”, but if you are asking, “Why does my lawn have so many puddles?”, then aeration may still be the answer.
When Should I Aerate My Lawn?
When is the best time to aerate a lawn? In spring? In Summer? In fall? The answer depends on your lawn and when you find yourself asking, “Why is my grass so thin?”. Lawns with cool-season varieties of grass could be aerated in spring or fall while summer aeration is better for warm-season varieties. If your lawn has predominantly cool-season grasses, it’s probably better to aerate your lawn in the fall, as spring aeration can leave you susceptible to weeds, though each lawn has to be judged on its individual circumstances.
Could There be Other Reasons My Grass is So Thin?
Aeration is an essential arrow in the lawn care quiver, but it is not the only answer to the, “Why is my grass so thin?”, question. Aeration provides excellent conditions for grass to reproduce, but the grass still has to do its part and grass doesn’t always want to. The older your grass is, the less effective it is at reproducing. That is why we at Divine Lawns recommend following up aeration with overseeding.
Overseeding gives old and tired grass a boost by throwing some new blood into your lawn. Often, we recommend switching up the varieties of grass on your lawn so if your lawn currently is dominated by one species of grass, we can overseed it with one or more different varieties. We also have the ability to engage in slice seeding if your lawn requires a more precise distribution of grass seed, which is often the case with thin lawns. Proper fertilizer and mulch are also great allies of healthy lawns.
To Learn More About Aeration, Overseeding, and Other Lawn Care Practices in El Dorado, Augusta, Towanda, KS, and Surrounding Areas, Please Contact Us!
Stop wasting time and wondering, “Why is my grass so thin?”, when you could have your answer and solution with one quick phone call! Contact Divine Lawns today through our website or by phoning us at (316) 390-3611 and get a free estimate on aeration or any other lawn service you may need.