Lawn Aeration Basics
In order for lawns to flourish, a balance between the right nutrients and oxygen must be established. After a hot summer or a cold winter, the ground becomes hard, and clay-like. If your lawn is covered in thatch (excess grass clumps), this will also prevent the grass that is underneath from getting the right amount of oxygen and nutrients. Aerating is the process of drilling small holes into the ground in order to break up the hard ground, and allow for stronger, deeper root systems.
Aerating, along with overseeding and a starter fertilizer, can be one of the most effective ways to jump-start your lawn. A deeper root system will allow grass to spread faster, but also more effectively. If grass seed is planted on a lawn that is compact, the root system will never become strong enough to survive the fall and winter. By aerating and fertilizing, you will ensure that your lawn has the proper nutrients, oxygen, and space to take hold in your yard.
Some homeowner are opposed to aeration because of the tiny grass cores that litter the lawn after an aeration. These will not have a negative effect on the health of the lawn. After a few mows, the tiny cores will be recycled back into the yard. If the small dirt plugs are a concern, we also offer liquid aeration. Liquid aeration consists of mixing a concentrate (developed for loosening soil) with water and applying with a backpack sprayer. This is best reserved for small lawns, or sections of a lawn that do not drain properly. We recommend liquid aeration as an alternative to core aeration if the lawn is between 1,000 and 4,ooo square feet.
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