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How Aeration Helps St. Louis Lawns

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If you're not familiar with what aeration is or why it is helpful for your lawn, don't worry; you're not alone. Aeration is one of those things that can easily fly under the radar. That's because it happens under the ground.

What Is Aeration?

Aeration is a process by which air is allowed to circulate through a substance. You can aerate all kinds of things such as blood, milk and also soil. The aeration of soil is a little different from those other examples because aeration doesn't just allow air in. It also gives a pathway for water and nutrients to get to the roots of your turfgrass and make it strong.

When Is Aeration Important?

Aeration is great to do at any time, but it is particularly useful if you have compacted soil in your yard, or at the beginning of the growing season. If you have cool season grass in your yard, early spring is a good time to aerate and seed. If you have warm season grass, you'll want to do this in late spring.

How Is Aeration Done?

In nature, bugs facilitate aeration. Beetles, ants, and other soil-loving creatures move through the ground and create pathways for air, water and nutrients as they go. But bugs aren't as effective at aerating as humans are, especially if those humans have an education in lawn care and horticulture. Aeration is usually accomplished by poking holes in the soil or by taking plugs of soil out of the ground. This requires a piece of heavy machinery that is designed for this application alone.

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