3 Reasons to Aerate Your Lawn this Fall

Fall is the one of the best times to aerate your lawn to promote healthy root growth and seed germination to set your lawn up for success. So, how do you know if you need to aerate your lawn? Answer these questions: After it rains, do you see standing water in your lawn? Try pushing a pencil into the soil - Is it difficult to penetrate the soil in your lawn? Does your lawn see a lot of activity? If you answered yes to these questions, your lawn could benefit from being aerated. Here are 3 reasons why you should aerate your Lake of the Ozarks lawn:

1. Relieve Compacted Soil
Over time, foot and vehicle traffic mash down the soil in your lawn, compacting all the particles. Even regular mowing takes a toll, and poor drainage and wet conditions make matters even worse. This situation poses a problem to lawns because compacted soil has far fewer air-filled pore spaces. Plan­ts depend on those pore spaces to supply roots with much-needed oxygen. Compacted soil prevents roots from expanding, interferes with water filtration and disrupts nutrient uptake.

2. Regenerate the Root System
Aerating the lawn not only helps break up compacted earth, but encourages deeper root growth, which gives your lawn greater defense against the hot sun and surface moisture evaporation. The roots are the delivery system that supplies the oxygen, water, and nutrients necessary to support the life of the turf. Roots need ample oxygen to survive and grow. Aeration allows you to open up channels and get oxygen directly to the root system. These channels also serve as a funnel for water to reach the roots and create an undisturbed area for the roots to grow.

3. Promote Seed Germination
Because of compacted soil and choked out roots, your lawn may have begun to look pretty bare or patchy this summer. This means you'll likely need to reseed this fall to ensure that your lawn has an opportunity to grow new healthy grass for next year. When trying to overseed into an existing lawn, aeration can help to create a good seedbed for new seed. It gives the seedling uncompromised room to exist and take root. It's much easier than trying to do so in an existing turf canopy.

As you can see, aerating your lawn is essential for maintaining a healthy and beautiful lawn throughout the Fall season. If you're unsure of how to go about this task, or simply don't have time to do it, consider hiring a local lawn care company. At Paradise Landscaping, we're experts in landscaping design and maintenance, and we'd love to take care of your lawn maintenance at the Lake of the Ozarks. Give us a call today at 573-964-6515 to find out what we can do to help keep your lawn looking it's best this Fall!

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