Posted: May 20, 2021

Soil has a reputation for being a fairly self-sufficient aspect of your lawn. Unless you’re an avid gardener, there’s a chance you’ve never really thought about the soil at all during your regular lawn care routine. Like every aspect of lawn care, however, there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to soil. Treating your soil well and ensuring it receives all the nutrients it needs can help everything on your property thrive, from flowers and trees to sod. At Maier Tree and Lawn, we help address every level of lawn care from bottom to top so your Winona, MN lawn looks its best and stays healthy.

When it comes to soil, there are some basic lawn care aspects that most homeowners are familiar with; fertilization, watering, and sunlight being chief among them. Before water and fertilizer come into the mix, your soil has to be primed to absorb everything they have to offer. This absorption can be encouraged by the incorporation of pro-soil habits into your lawn care such as taking active steps to reduce soil compaction.

Soil compaction occurs when soil is compressed so tightly that it can no longer properly absorb air, water, or nutrients. This is especially common for lawns that experience a lot of foot traffic, but soil compaction is possible even when there are no extreme stressors present. Any amount of pressure applied to your lawn over time can gradually compress the soil until it’s too dense to penetrate. In severe cases, compaction can even lead to plant and grass death. The good news is that this condition can be alleviated with proper aeration. Aeration decreases compaction, helps reduce lawn thatch, preps a lawn for additional care, and allows valuable nutrients to seep deeper into the root system.

Though there are a variety of forms of aeration that you may encounter, core aeration is the most common. This process systematically removes small plugs of soil from your lawn in a gentle and non-damaging way and allows all of those good nutrients to work their way deeper into your lawn. Plus, it’s a great way to prep for the rainy season or for fertilizer application if you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck.

If your lawn doesn’t seem to be supporting growth effectively, Maier Tree and Lawn’s lawn care experts are here to help. Our aeration services can help reduce soil compaction, encourage new and sustained growth, and help you create a lawn care routine that will support a great looking lawn year-round. Winona, MN residents can call us today at (507) 454-7000 or visit our website here for additional information.

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