Any gardener or landscaper in Georgia knows that our soil holds a lot of clay. Couple that with heavy foot traffic and the soil becomes so compacted that roots can’t breath and water can’t penetrate. Trying to work in this soil is like trying to dig a hole in a sidewalk. But what can be done to loosen the soil up and bring the luster back into your lawn?
Over time our yards become compacted from playing and walking on it. Thatch from years of dead grass buildup creates a thick barrier for water, drying your soil out and making it even harder. To get that soil loosened up so air and water can get to the roots of your grass you need to aerate. Aeration is either done by using a machine that pokes holes in the ground so water can enter and loosen the surrounding soil or a chemical that is sprayed on the grass to achieve the same goal.
In Georgia there are several signs that your yard might need to be aerated and catching it early will save you time and money in the long run.
Compacted soil from children playing, high traffic areas such as paths from the house to a barn or other outbuildings.
If any of these signs sound familiar then you need to aerate. Not acting in time can cause the grass to wither and die leaving unsightly patches of brown grass in your yard.
Depending on the type of grass you have you’ll want to aerate before the grass begins to grow usually in the spring and fall.