Why Core Aeration?
Grass roots need oxygen, water and nutrients to grow well and make your lawn look luscious. Compact soil and thatch build up prevent your grass roots from getting what they need causing your grass to struggle. Aeration helps eliminate both problems. Every lawn benefits from aeration at least once a year.
How Is It Done?
An aerator pulls out thousands of plugs of thatch and soil, each about the size of a finger, from your lawn. The hollow blades of the aerator cut through the thatch layer and into the soil, then leave the plugs to decompose on top of the ground. The wide open paths where the plugs used to be allow for easy penetration of life-giving air, water and nutrients.
What’s the problem with thatch, anyway?
Thatch is the layer just above the soil of decaying plant life—mainly dead grass stems, crowns and roots. If thatch continues to build up it forms a habitat for insects and disease. Aeration is an easy way to break throughout the thatch and open up the soil beneath.
Why worry about compacted soil?
Soil can become compacted and dense. It’s hard for anything, including roots of plants, to get through. Taking out plugs gives the soil a new lease on life. Soil and roots can expand into the created spaces. It’s also easier for worms and other helpful insects to move through the soil bed. And, as an extra benefit, as the plugs left on the lawn’s surface break up, they mix with the thatch and help it decompose.