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What is Aeration?

Aeration is the process of creating small holes or channels in your lawn. Aerating your lawn can be an effective way to improve the health and appearance of your lawn, especially if your soil is compacted or heavy clay, which is very common in Eastern Idaho.


What are the Benefits of Aeration?
  1. Improved soil structure: Soil compaction can make it difficult for water, air, and nutrients to penetrate the soil, but aerating your lawn can help break up compacted soil, improving the soil structure.

  2. Increased oxygen levels: When you aerate your lawn, you create small holes in the soil that allow more oxygen to reach the roots of the grass. This can promote healthier root growth and help the grass withstand stress from heat and drought.

  3. Enhanced water absorption: Aeration can also help water penetrate the soil more easily, reducing runoff and allowing water to reach the root zone more effectively.

  4. Improved nutrient uptake: By breaking up compacted soil and increasing oxygen and water flow to the roots, aeration can also improve the ability of your grass to take up essential nutrients.

  5. Enhanced overall lawn health: By promoting healthier root growth and improving soil conditions, aeration can lead to a thicker, healthier lawn that is better able to resist disease, pests, and other environmental stresses.

When Should I Aerate my Lawn?
The best time to aerate your lawn depends on several factors, including the type of grass you have and the soil condition. However, in general, the best time to aerate your lawn is during the growing season when the grass is actively growing and can quickly recover from the aeration process. For cool-season grasses, such as Kentucky bluegrass and fescue which are very common in Idaho, the best time to aerate is in the fall or spring, when the grass is actively growing and the weather is cool and moist. Avoid aerating during periods of drought or extreme heat, as this can stress the grass and make it more vulnerable to damage. Additionally, make sure that the soil is moist but not waterlogged before aerating, as dry or hard soil can be difficult to penetrate and may cause more damage to the lawn.

How Frequently Should I Aerate?

The frequency of lawn aeration depends on several factors, including the type of soil, the amount of foot traffic, and the overall health of the lawn. In general, it is recommended to aerate your lawn once a year if your lawn has heavy clay soil, experiences high foot traffic, or if it shows signs of soil compaction. For lawns with sandy soil or low foot traffic, aeration may be necessary only every 2-3 years. However, it is important to monitor the condition of your lawn regularly and aerate as needed, rather than sticking to a rigid schedule. If you notice that your lawn is becoming compacted, has poor drainage, or is struggling to grow despite regular watering and fertilization, it may be time to aerate again.

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  • Two store locations:
    2740 N Boeing St, Idaho Falls, ID 83401
    372 ID-39, Blackfoot, ID 83221
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