Lawn Core Aeration
Let us help your lawn breathe again
Lawn Core Aeration is one of the best things you can do for your lawn. It is the process of making thousands of holes in the turf to open up the soil and break up thatch. The cores are removed by the aerator “degrade” back into the lawn and immediately this begins to improve earthworm activity which helps breakdown thatch.
The root system of your lawn is constantly renewing itself by sending out new shoots. This new growth needs loose and open soil. If your lawn is compacted, has a lot of clay or is saturated with water, the new roots will stay near the surface or grow in the thatch layer. Aeration breaks up compacted, heavy soils giving the roots a place to go. Water penetration will be better and rooting will improve as well.
Every lawn can benefit from Lawn Core Aeration. It is suggested that a lawn be aerated at least every other year, but preferably every year for heavy clay soils. There is no bad time to have your lawn aerated, so long as it’s not the middle of summer. Fall is often mentioned as a “better” time only because of the high level of root system activity.
Lawn Core Aeration brings cores of soil up from below the lawn’s surface. We recommend that these cores be mowed back into the lawn. By allowing these cores to mix back into lawn surface, the soil adds back microbial agents which are needed to control thatch which also enhances earthworm activity. This is not an immediate fix for a serious thatch problem however it is the best way to manage a thatch problem instead of power raking.
Core Aeration is often suggested as an alternative to power raking or “de-thatching”. We do not recommend these damaging processes. Power raking pulls as much or more healthy grass out of the lawn along with the brown blades. This sets a lawn back several weeks from normal development. All those brown blades are not thatch, either! Those blades will decompose all by themselves in 6-8 weeks. Thatch is an underground network of roots, rhizomes and blades that form a dense mat. The only way power raking will remove real thatch is to set the machine all the way down to the soil and remove all of your lawn.