Lawn aeration can tremendously benefit humid climates. But first, what is lawn aeration? If we're speaking in technicalities, it's a biological process that occurs between the soil and the atmosphere. The sharing of air and other nutrients, to benefit the soil. But in the sense of your yard, it's a process where plugs from the earth are mechanically removed to improve the aeration of the soil. This process can also be called coring, spiking, or slicing. But professionally, it is called aeration.
Then, of course, there are countless benefits to lawn aeration, but we can just name a few. The most common is that they can improve the state of your yard and it's grasses. With these plugs of thatch taken out of the earth, the grass gets better access to both air and water. This also helps to make sure dead-zones don't build up, and disproportionately affect the health of the surrounding grasses. Lawn aeration can release organisms that decompose thatch, therefore helping the yard. Taking out these plugs can also help the air "breathe" in a way, by reducing the density of the soil.
This process is especially helpful if you live in a humid or dry environment. Yards suffer from getting too much water, but it can also be damaged from not getting enough. This becomes a huge problem in places like Phoenix and Scottsdale Arizona. With both of their high yearly temps in the 80s, this is a huge problem. Thatch can build up quickly on these yards due to the dry environment, causing dead zones in the yard. Also, with a yearly rainfall average of around just 8 inches, it's important to not lose nutrients to puddling, These holes can also help make sure the little water that does get into the yard naturally, can end up doing more good. By establishing these deep-set roots with lawn aeration, you can ensure that the yard can survive countless droughts.
But not everyone can just get a shovel and get to making out their plugs. There come issues with attempting lawn aeration on your own. If you dig too little, it can create puddling, therefore benefiting a much smaller span of your yard than it was meant to. It is also about spacing. Density needs to be evenly distributed among the yard, for aeration to be effective.
You may not realize how compact your yard is, but it may happen even before you've moved in. If you have a basement before, what happens underneath is that that soil and grass are excavated. It leaves behind a yard higher in clay content than dirt, leaving your yard vulnerable. As well as everyday activities such as playing in the yard, walking, and mowing. Each step compacts your yard even further. Deeper roots caused by lawn aeration can help valuable nutrients restore your yard once more.
But the basis is that lawn aeration is a crucial step in the health of your lawn, and it is especially important for residents of humid environments. More Specifically, Scottsdale and Phoenix Arizona.