3 Things Soil Aeration Can Do for Your Trees and Shrubs

close view of an aerated lawn

Lawn aeration is often marketed as a lawn care service that’s specifically for your grass. Aeration tools poke holes in your lawn’s soil to break it up and loosen compacted soil without disturbing the turf. This is great for lawns, but it’s just as good for your landscaping shrubs and trees. Here’s how:

1. Let deep root fertilizer treatments reach all the roots.

Trees need a lot of micronutrients, and that can quickly drain your soil. Even mulching and composting might not be enough to keep up with demand. If your tree care service recommends root fertilizer treatments, make sure the soil is loose enough for the treatments to penetrate the soil. Aerated, crumbly soil has plenty of pathways for fertilizers to reach all of your trees’ roots.

2. Give new roots looser soil for strong growth.

When you plant new trees in your yard, they have young root systems that need to stretch out and grab deep into the soil. But compact soil, especially clay soil, is often too hard for new roots to grow through. That means your trees will grow shallow root systems. Not only is that bad for the tree’s general stability, but it also means the roots will grow outward towards your foundation, driveway, or other structures.

3. Let water reach the subsoil.

Compact soil doesn’t just get in your tree roots’ way. It can also stop rainwater and irrigation from reaching the subsoil. Even if your trees initially grew deep roots, they’ll try to shift upwards where the water is trapped. That weakens your tree with shallow and parched roots that will start to die underground.

Soil aeration is just one of the many different landscaping treatments that benefit your overall lawn and landscaping. At Schneider Tree Care we offer several types of shrub and tree care programs to keep all of your trees and shrubs in good health.