There
are so many factors that influence the overall health of your Winona, MN, lawn,
and pinning down exactly what sort of lawn care might serve you best can be
difficult, especially if the problem exists beneath the surface. Unhealthy or
undernourished turf may be suffering due to poor soil conditions, and when the
soil isn’t doing well, your whole lawn suffers.

Maier
Tree and Lawn’s lawn care professionals offer a wide range of soil management
options, such as aeration, that are carefully tailored to your lawn’s specific
needs. But first, you’ll need to be able to spot some symptoms of compacted
soil.

Compacted
soil basically means the soil is pressed together so tightly that water and
other nutrients may not be able to penetrate it. This may seem minor on the
surface, but as a consequence, those essential lawn care components may be
unable to reach the root systems of your turf. Without the necessary food, it’s
very possible for turf to wither and die due to soil compaction.

A few symptoms of compacted soil that you can test on your own are soil “toughness,” drainage quality, and turf texture. If you find it difficult to break ground on your lawn with a trowel or shovel, this could mean that the soil is too tightly compacted. Similarly, standing water after a rainstorm or routine watering could indicate that your lawn is unable to drain or absorb water efficiently enough to be beneficial.

Turf
texture is a little bit more complex. The texture of your turf can be an
indicator of poor lawn health and soil compaction. If your turf is excessively
dry or overly spongy, it’s possible that the soil isn’t effectively providing
the nutrients necessary in order for your lawn to thrive. This can be caused by
more than a single independent factor, but soil compaction is a frequent
contributor to these familiar lawn care concerns.

Lawn aeration is a simple and effective way to give your turf room to grow. By systematically perforating the soil in your lawn, aeration increases water, and oxygen penetration, decreases soil compaction and thatch, and encourages root growth.  Aeration means better drainage, more effective nutrient absorption, and an overall healthier lawn.

If your Winona, MN, lawn needs expert aeration or you have other lawn care concerns, our team can help. Contact the professionals at Maier Tree and Lawn today at (507) 454-7000 or through our website and make a positive change to your lawn.

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