Fall is here and that means one thing: Football! Well, actually it means two things: football and fall lawn care. Lawn care season and the football season kind of run counter to each other. While with football the spring and summer are for training and fall is game time, it’s the opposite for your lawn. You need to use the fall to prepare your lawn so it’ll be ready come spring. To help, we have your “Fall Lawn Care Playbook,” with a different topic each time. This week, we have lawn aeration, necessary to making sure your lawn is getting the right fuel during the fall growing season.
What is Aeration?
Aeration is the process of introducing oxygen and water into soil that has become too dense to allow air, water and nutrients in. The soil becomes dense by compacting of solid particles. By perforating the soil with a large number of small holes the air, water and nutrients can reach the grass roots that desperately need them. There are two types of aeration tools, plug aerators and spike aerators. Plug aerators remove a core of soil and allow for more aeration than spike aerators, which just use a metal tine to poke small holes in the ground.
What Does it Do?
Introducing fresh air and water to the soil can promote a thicker, healthier lawn and make it more disease and pest resistant. The small holes created through aeration also improves fertilizer absorption by breaking down thatch build up. Thatch is the layer between your green grass shoots and the root system beneath the soil. It is made up of a mix of living and dead leaves, stems and roots. Thatch can be good for your lawn, as long as it doesn’t get too built up.
JFK Lawn and Landscape Provides Professional Lawn Maintenance Services
For over 12 years, Jason Kahler and his team at JFK Lawn & Landscaping have been providing outstanding landscaping service to homeowners and businesses throughout Howard County, and recently expanded to Montgomery County and Carroll County. Family owned and operated since 2004, JFK offers services including lawn maintenance, turf enhancement, general landscaping, gutter cleaning, and power washing, as well as snow removal services in the winter months. To learn more about what we do, check out our About Us page or our FAQ section.
If you have any questions or concerns about your lawn and landscaping needs, please feel free to give us a call at (410) 531-6208 or shoot us an email using our contact form.