LAWN AERATION SERVICES
Just like people, lawns need to fresh air to stay healthy. But when the soil underneath your grass gets compacted, less air and nutrients can get through, causing problems with your grass. The solution is aerating your lawn. Core aeration is a process that involves removing plugs, or cores, of soil from the ground in order to allow air, water and nutrients to reach more places in the soil. The lawn care specialists at Elegant Greens know that core aeration is an important part of lawn maintenance and want to help keep your yard beautiful at all times.
WHY DO LAWNS NEED TO BE AERATED?
Compacted soil and thatch are the main reasons that lawns need to be aerated. Compacted soil occurs as things walk or move over the lawn. Over time, a layer of dead plant material called thatch can build up on your lawn. This layer of dead grasses sits between the healthy, green grass on top and the roots below and prevents water and fertilizer from reaching the root system. Thatch also provides a great environment for bugs and pests to thrive, where they can wreak havoc on your lawn and garden.
Thatch and compacted soil are most common on grassy areas that see heavy foot-traffic such as homes with children and pets. New construction homes may also have problems with compacted soil due to recent construction traffic on the land. Lawns that having different layers of soil, such as those with imported sod, may also see these problems.
HOW IS LAWN AERATION PERFORMED?
There are two types of lawn aeration machines: spike aerators and core aerators. Spike aerators simply punch holes in the ground using spikes, while core aerators use hollow tines that pull plugs, or cores, of compacted soil up from the ground. The professionals at Elegant Greens will use a core aerator to remove plugs of soil 2-3 inches long from the ground every three inches or so. These holes will allow water and nutrients to reach the roots further down. The machine is run over the entire area, using multiple passes if necessary to ensure that the entire yard benefits from this service. This process works best when the ground is moist, but not wet or muddy. The plugs of soil will break down in a few weeks and filter back down into your lawn. A light raking or pass with a lawnmower will help to break up these plugs and ensure a more even redistribution.
After core aeration, it is important to continue regularly scheduled maintenance such as mowing, watering, and fertilizing to keep your yard looking its best. It is also recommended that you overseed or fertilize your lawn after core aeration as the opening in the ground provides deeper access for the seeds and fertilizer.