While it is not a task that should be done weekly or even monthly, core aeration can be a vital service for your lawn in certain conditions. Lawn aeration refers to the method of punching holes into your turf to allow moisture, oxygen and nutrients to penetrate the soil. If a lawn is not aerated routinely, your efforts to water and fertilize your grass this spring could be sabotaged because these components can’t reach the roots.
What is Thatch?
Lawn thatch develops when tiny pieces of grass die and bind together just above the soil. This is a process that occurs over time. While a certain amount of thatch can be helpful to your soil, when it builds up too fast and too much, it can suffocate your grass roots and deprive your lawn of the vital nutrients, water and air it needs to stay alive.
When thatch reaches a barrier of a half-inch or more, it becomes a threat to your lawn. In such cases, core aeration is one of the best and quickest solutions to revive your turf and help it strengthen again. In fact, a primary goal of core aeration is to break up compacted soil and thatch. This process uses a lawn aerator that removes plugs of soil as it is rolled over your grass. This works to free the barrier of thatch as well as open the gateway for air, nutrients and water to penetrate the grass roots.
When is Aeration Necessary?
If you have clay soil or a lawn with heavy foot traffic, you’ll want to be extra keen on when your lawn needs core aeration. According to Scotts, “You want to aerate the lawn when your grass is in its peak growing period so it can recover quickly—think early spring or fall for cool-season grasses, and late spring through early summer for warm-season grasses. If you have high-traffic areas or heavy clay soil, you will want to aerate every year. If you have sandy soil or your lawn is growing well, aerating the lawn can happen every 2-3 years.”
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At Pannone’s Lawn Pros & Landscaping, we proudly offer a complete menu of lawn services for yards of all sizes, including core aeration. We use the latest and most proven techniques to keep your grass healthy and thriving when you need it most! Call today to schedule affordable lawn aeration for your home or business.