Lawn Dethatching & Aeration Tips for Spring

The fact that a lawn does not require regular maintenance apart from mowing, leads many people to believe that it does not need any specialized treatment. However, for a lawn to continue looking good for many years, it has to receive good and regular care in the form of dethatching and aeration.

Why Is It Important to Dethatch My Lawn?

Every time your lawn is mowed and raked, some of the grass chaff and stems fall deep on the ground between the blades. Over time, they form a thick layer of what is referred to as thatch. The thatch which forms reduces aeration to the soil and is not able to be broken down by normal bacterial action. The process of removing this thatch is what is known as dethatching.

Dethatching is important in freeing the grass from the constricting effects of thatch.  Leaving thatch on the grass prevents air, water and fertilizer from reaching the soil. Leaving the thatch also creates a breeding ground for pests that can damage your lawn. Dethatching helps to rejuvenate the grass, and allows it to grow and fill any empty patches. The thick growth of grass initiated by dethatching discourages the undesirable growth of weeds in the lawn.

What Are My Options to Dethatch My Yard?

There are various ways of dethatching and the choice among these largely depends on the size of the lawn, type of grass, climate of the area, and season of the year. Small lawns can be dethatched using a normal hand rake, preferably a convex one. Using a rake is doubly advantageous because it also affords one the opportunity to exercise while dethatching the lawn, although the process will fall short of using a machine. Bigger lawns, however, may call for one to go for dethatching equipment rentals. An assessment of the needs of a lawn is required before one considers dethatching equipment rentals.  If the tool rental company doesn’t have a bagging dethatcher, using you mower with a bag is remarkably effective.

What Are the Benefits of Lawn Aeration?

Aeration of a lawn involves the removal of small plugs of earth at small and frequent equal distances all across the lawn. It is also referred to as aerifying or coring. Aeration is recommended for lawns on which there is regular foot traffic. Many people walking across a lawn usually results in compacting of the ground under the lawn leading to the need for aeration.

Many aeration tips for spring 2015 help to greatly improve the water and fertilizer absorption by the grass. This enhances root growth and the general health of the grass. Aeration helps, as the term implies, to aerate, or encourage the absorption of air by the soil around the grass. It also encourages the propagation of micro organisms which are important to the health of the soil.

Aeration tips for spring 2015 method are determined by the size of the lawn. A back yard lawn can be aerated with a step-on aerator, but it will not produce the results of a plugger aerator. Relatively bigger lawns may require the use of walk behind aerators. Many walk behind aerators are self propelled enabling an operator to cover large areas in a short time. Recently, manufacturers have designed a stand on aerator for very large areas.  Most average size lawns can be done in just a few hours, which falls under many 4 hour rental periods.

To get more tips and advice about lawn aeration and dethatching solutions or to rent a walk behind aerator or dethatching equipment, please contact Gaston Rentals today.