A lawn aerator is one of the best tools any individual caring for a lawn can posses and should be used every two to three years in order to keep the lawn healthy and green. If you live in an area with clay soil or a hilly area, it may need to be aerated more often. Aeration allows air, water and vital nutrients to directly access the root system of the grass and grass plants in deeper soil. This affords the plants a better opportunity to grow faster and be much healthier as it increases the rate of photosynthesis. A second benefit is it encourages a better root system development because roots thrive in soil that is not as compacted, and they grow much further down into the soil when water is at a deeper level. A third advantage is less compacted soil. Coring lawn aerators remove cores, allowing the soil much more room to expand and contract with the changing of the weather. This helps the soil increase its absorption of water and reduce run off.
Regular lawn aeration will benefit the majority of lawns. Lawn aeration helps the yard to stay greener longer and absorb more moisture. Lawn aeration has many benefits; three of the biggest pluses are as follows:
1) Lawn aeration allows an increased amount of nutrients, water and air to reach the root system of the plant. Holes made by the aeration process have the capacity for the water to be carried much deeper into the soil rather than sitting on the surface of the lawn.
2) Lawn aeration encourages turf development through root growth that penetrates much deeper into the soil. Turf naturally thickens with deeper water penetration as the roots develop at a deeper level.
3) Lawn aeration helps decompose thatch build up in the lawn in two different ways. The first way allows oxygen to get underneath the soil’s surface which allows aerobic bacteria to get down where it is needed to cause decomposition. The second way causes microorganisms to be brought up from within the soil, which also facilitates decomposition.
When wanting to aerate your lawn, it is vital to choose the right lawn aerator. There are many different types and styles of lawn aerators from which to choose. The following are just a few of the pros and cons of each style. The first type is a spike aerator. Spike aerators are appropriately named as they have spikes that are pushed into the ground as they are rolled across the yard. The benefit spike aerators is they are light, making them easier to use. The disadvantage is they are not as effective as other styles, and the holes have a tendency to seal back up quickly. Manual, or push spike aerators are affordable and primarily effective. The con to this style is they are hard to manage to operate, and it takes a great deal of time to aerate an entire lawn. The third type is a coring lawn aerator. Coring lawn aerators are machine driven and are the optimal choice to use by far. The benefit to coring lawn aerators is that they are highly efficient and are easy to operate. The disadvantage is they are very expensive.