Did you know that everyday foot traffic and heavy rains pounding can cause soil compaction? Unless an expert in lawn care in West Palm Beach aerates your lawn, the compacted surface will prevent nutrients from reaching the struggling plant roots.
Aerating your lawn is like giving your yard a good facial. It involves the process of dotting your lawn with small holes to loosen the compacted soil. Since aeration reduces soil density, it increases the flow of oxygen, water, sunlight, and fertilizers into your lawn’s root system. As nutrients reach the root zone, they become readily available to the turf.
When a layer of dead grass called thatch builds up on your yard, it robs your grass of the nutrients it needs to stay green and healthy. Since lawn aeration introduces thatch-decomposing microorganisms from the soil to the top of the thatch layer, it promotes effective thatch management.
Lawn care experts test the soil pH to measure its level of alkalinity or acidity and the nutrients that grass can take in from the soil. The key to a lush, green lawn you can be proud of is keeping your soil pH level between six and seven.
If the test reveals alkaline soil, you’ll have to use sulfur to make it more acidic. Conversely, increasing the alkalinity of overly acidic soils requires you to use lime. Whether you’re applying sulfur or lime to your lawn, aerating promotes effective pH modification before application.
Aerating your lawn before and after seeding helps the germinated seed connect with the topsoil. Since aeration creates a healthy environment that protects the seedling, it benefits the germination process.
If you want to ensure a healthy, thick, and beautiful lawn, call O’Hara Pest Control. Our dedicated team of experts is standing by to help you find customized pest and lawn solutions.