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If you haven’t already, there’s still time to have your lawn aerated before the cold weather arrives. As I’ve mentioned before, this summer really took its toll on the grass, especially here in Hunterdon County. Aerating is the proactive way to bring that dormant lawn back to life come next growing season. Here are a few reasons why it’s so beneficial:

  • Aerating your lawn works to oxygenate its root system. Your lawn or landscaping professional uses a special, aerating machine which pokes holes into the top surface of your soil to get the air beneath circulating. This process wakes up your grass and increases ceullular activity beneath.
  • Aerating increases your lawn’s ability to soak up moisture. Tightly compacted soil makes it difficult for your lawn to absorb water, even if you’re using the sprinkler on it every day.  When you aerate, you loosen up the top layer of soil so that water can sink into the roots and be absorbed more readily.
  • Aerating your lawn twice per year (spring and fall) can significantly reduce your water bill! A tightly compacted lawn results in increased runoff and wasted water and resources. However, a lawn that’s been aerating soaks up every thirst-quenching drop. You want the water that you apply to do its job – make your lawn thick, green, healthy and beautiful.
  • Aeration helps thatch break down more readily. This is because the ground becomes compacted over time and it’s increasingly difficult for water and nutrients to reach the roots of your grass. A thatched lawn will turn yellowish-brown and become thin and brittle, ultimately dying. Aeration halts this process, causing your lawn to thrive once again.
  • Aerating gets to the root of the problem. When you first aerate, you may think that your yard looks something of a mess, with dirt plugs everywhere and your lawn appearing in the same condition as before. But within a few days, the newly exposed roots and earth will soak up needed water and nutrients, causing your lawn to put down strong roots that go deep.

Have your lawn aerated before the end of the season.

It’s not too late to call for an aeration quote! Contact 908-783-5733 and ask for Mike Hyde. Or, email us at mikehyde@4seasonslawns.com.

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