Lawn Core Aeration
Aeration allows air, water and nutrients to more readily reach the root zone of the grass plants in your lawn. It accomplishes this by relieving compacted soil and opening up the thatch layer. It also stimulates new growth, improves drainage, provides a better environment for over seeding and increases the effectiveness of applied fertilizers and control products. The cores that you will see on your lawn will break down gradually over the course of a couple of weeks. This natural return to the soil helps hold the thatch to a desirable level. Aeration relieves soil compaction, provides oxygen and water deeper into the soil developing new roots creating sturdy turf by mechanically removing many small plugs of soil. A vital part of professional lawn maintenance. This is just like the golf courses do! They do it twice a year. 85% of our clients choose to have it done annually. Aeration can be done in the spring or fall. We choose to do it in the spring to benefit all the products that we use by getting them down quicker for optimum results.
What are the benefits of Aeration?
Core aeration can help make your lawn healthier and reduce its maintenance requirements through these means:
- Improved air exchange between the soil and atmosphere.
- Enhanced soil water uptake.
- Improved fertilizer uptake and use.
- Reduced water runoff and puddling.
- Stronger turf grass roots.
- Reduced soil compaction.
- Enhanced heat and drought stress tolerance.
- Helps break down thatch.
- Reintroduces microorganisms into the soil.
How often should lawns be aerated?
Most lawns benefit from annual aeration. While you shouldn’t expect miracles, especially with poor soil, lawns that receive this care will be healthier, more vigorous, easier to maintain and have fewer pest problems. Heavily used lawns create compacted soil and turf with heavy thatch are a perfect candidate. Just one good core aeration can actually shrink your lawn’s water bill by fifty percent!
What can you expect?
Aeration is accomplished through the use of a machine equipped with cylinder-like tines designed to penetrate and shatter the soil. Cores of thatch, soil and grass are actually pulled out of the ground. Immediately after aeration, your lawn will be dotted with small holes and plugs. Within a week or two, they break apart depositing the soil on top helping thatch to decompose.