In addition to mowing, watering and fertilizing, aerating a lawn is a important part of keeping it healthy and lush. The aeration process ensures that the soil under the lawn can get the nutrients it needs to keep the grass healthy. Aeration allows both air and water to get through the grass and into the soil. When the soil becomes too compact air and water cannot make it down to the roots. Aeration allows for essential nutrients to reach and strengthen your root system and thicken your lawn.
The Aeration Process
Our aeration service typically precedes our overseed service to obtain optimal results. Core aeration is the process of pulling out a plug of grass and soil approximately one half inch wide and three inches long to allow air, water and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots. This helps the roots grow deeply and produce a stronger, more vigorous lawn.
The main reason for aerating is to alleviate soil compaction. Compacted soils have too many solid particles in a certain volume or space, which prevents proper circulation of air, water and nutrients within the soil. Excess lawn thatch or heavy organic debris buried under the grass surface can also starve the roots from these essential elements.
When should you aerate?
Aerating during your lawn’s growing season allows the grass to refill and heal the holes left by the aerator. We recommend two aerations a year: one in the spring and one in the fall. Yes, you can usually rent an aerator and do it yourself, but Walk behind, motorized core aerators are very heavy machines, some weighing several hundred pounds and take practice to use efficiently Don’t worry about picking up the plugs; they can be left on the surface to breakdown naturally. In a few weeks they will be gone.