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These Signs Could Mean You Need To Aerate Your Lawn
While every lawn is unique, there are some classic signs, such as thin and patchy grass, that indicate your soil is compacted and
needs aerating.
You can also try inserting a standard-size screwdriver into the soil. If it doesn't go into the ground easily, your lawn likely needs aerating.
The presence of pale, yellowish, or brown grass blades suggests the soil has become too tight, preventing water from adequately reaching the grass roots.
Moreover, recurring foot traffic along a specific path in your yard or recent removal of a shed or playscape can result in noticeable areas of dying grass due to soil compaction.
Another telltale sign is aggressive weed growth, which thrives in compacted soil conditions and outcompetes your grass for water and nutrients.