Here at J. Dozier Landscaping we recommend aerating and dethatching your lawn at least once a year during the growing season. In order to achieve and maintain a beautiful lawn it is important to practice basic lawn care such as properly mowing, fertilizing, and watering. It is also important to ensure that water and nutrients can reach the soil beneath your grass. Aerating and dethatching can be a vital element to a healthy lawn because it allows air, water, and nutrients to penetrate built up grass or lawn thatch. Aeration involves perforating the soil with small holes to allow the air, water, and nutrients to reach the grass roots helping the roots grow deeply and produce a strong more vigorous lawn. Dethatching reduces or removes the amount of thatch or debris layer between the grass and the soil also allowing vital nutrients to reach the roots. The main reason for aerating is to alleviate soil compaction. Compact soils have to many soil particles preventing proper circulation of air, water, and nutrients within the soil. Excess lawn thatch or heavy organic debris buried underneath the grass surface can starve the roots from these essential elements. Adding aeration and dethatching is a beneficial practice towards achieving a beautiful lawn. Make it part of your lawn care regime and your lawn will thank you for letting it breath again.