Summertime in Connecticut means enjoying all the hard work we put into lawn care and our landscapes. Backyard barbecues, football games, and bonfires are great ways to utilize your yard But all that activity can have an effect on your grass, namely soil compaction.
When soil compaction occurs, your grass isn’t getting the water and nutrients it needs and you will start to see it decline. Your gut will tell you that you need to water it more and apply more fertilizer, but when soil is compacted these methods will be useless. To bring your yard back there is only one answer: core aeration. When combined with over seeding, core aeration is one of the most important tools a homeowner can use to revive and restore a lawn.
Core aeration, or lawn plug aeration, is the process of using a machine to pull plugs of sod out of your yard. This encourages root growth, loosens up soil, and breaks up thatch that prevents water, air, and nutrients from getting to your grass roots.
You are probably wondering how to tell whether your yard needs to be aerated or just needs to be watered. When soil is compacted it will exhibit some telltale signs that you should be on the lookout for.
Watch how water behaves when you water your lawn or when it rains. Does it runoff or sink into the ground. When your soil is compacted or has thick layers of thatch it can prevent water from soaking into the earth. Instead, water will runoff and sit in low areas of your yard creating puddles that can be breeding grounds for mold and mosquitos.
An excess of thatch under your grass will feel squishy or spongy when you walk on it. This is caused by years of grass clippings and other organic matter settling on top of the soil under the grass.
A very easy method to use to tell if your soil is in fact compacted is to just stick a screwdriver into the ground. If it’s not easy then there’s your answer.
Usually, after a lawn is aerated by a lawn care service, the next step is overseeding. This is just reseeding over your existing lawn to help fill in thin spots and help it come back to its former glory. The benefit of overseeding is that you can mix in different types of grass to boost your turf’s resistance to pests, drought, and disease. Overseeding also prevents erosion by strengthening roots and creates a more uniform yard.
Aeration and overseeding is a very labor intensive process and if you don’t know what you are doing, then you should leave it to a professional. Colonel Landscaping offers lawn aeration and overseeding services to bring your yard back to life and make it look better than it was before.