Over time your turf areas can become extremely compact. This is very common after an event is hosted on the lawn, from kids playing, sports fields and even weekly mowing. During this process, a thick and dense layer of thatch (dead grass stems and roots) takes over at the turf’s surface, and your lawn can be starved of oxygen and water that is needed down at the roots.
Core aeration is a method of mechanically creating holes into the turf to allow moisture, oxygen and nutrients to penetrate the soil. There are other methods out there such as spike aeration (holes are stabbed into the turf) but mechanically removing the cores places less pressure on the turf and soil because it removes the actual core of soil, turf and root.
Core aeration deposits the core plug onto the surface of your lawn, which breaks down over the course of 1-3 weeks on average with proper watering. As the plugs break down they provide great nutrition for the existing soil along with increasing the strength of the turf’s roots beneath the surface.
What Are The Benefits To Core Aerating Your Lawn?
- Allows moisture, oxygen, and nutrients to penetrate the soil
- Reduces soil compaction
- Improves water infiltration
- Enhances thatch breakdown
- Improves the turf’s response to fertilizer
Scheduling our aeration services in mid-spring (after spring clean up/dethatching) or early-mid fall (before leaves begin to fall) is an excellent practice for an established lawn to relieve compaction and improve its solidity.