Commonly called "core aeration" in the lawn service industry, you may have heard of it as soil cultivation (coring, spiking, and slicing). Most homeowners call it aeration. Core aeration can help make your lawn healthier and reduce its maintenance requirements.
Aerating your lawn is important because it helps your grass roots become stronger, healthier, and softer! We recommend aerating your lawn once a year, typically in late spring (May through mid-June). Aerated lawns are able to retain moisture better, absorb nutrients easier, which allows them to sustain harsher conditions, like heat and drought.
With aeration, the machine removes small plugs of soil from the ground. As the plugs break down, they provide your lawn with a valuable top dressing as well as helping to deteriorate thatch. In addition, the holes left in the ground allow for the nutrients and water to reach the root systems, which in turn strengthen them. A stronger root system will provide you with a thicker, more wear resistant lawn!
Even if your lawn looks healthy, you can still improve the overall health and quality of your beautiful yard. Enjoying your lawn can compact the soil, and providing these nutrients with core aeration can help control thatch as well as keep your lawn healthy and in tip-top shape.
How Core Aeration Can Help Make Your Lawn Healthier:
- Improved air exchange between the soil and atmosphere
- Enhanced soil water uptake
- Improved fertilizer uptake and use
- Reduced water runoff and puddling
- Stronger turf grassroots
- Reduced soil compaction
- Enhanced heat and drought stress tolerance
- Improved resiliency and cushioning
- Enhanced thatch breakdown