Core aeration is the mechanical removal of a small core of soil and thatch. Core aeration is an important element in any successful lawn maintenance program. Frequency and timing of aeration will vary depending on soil composition and the overall condition of your lawn.
What Are the Benefits of Core Aeration?
Core aeration benefits your lawn in important ways:
- Improved penetration of air and water to the root zone.
- Increased fertilizer uptake.
- Can help reduce water runoff.
- Stimulates new root and shoot growth from excising turf grass.
- Helps to reduce soil compaction.
- Enhanced thatch breakdown.
- More effective disease and insect control.
- Improved heat and drought stress.
But, of course, the most important result of core aeration is a healthier, more beautiful lawn.
Core Aerate at Least Once a Year
Bringing up cores is one of the most important forms of preventive maintenance you can give your lawn, and should be done at least once a year. Some lawns need to have this done twice a year. Talk to us - we'll recommend the schedule that will help to relieve your thatch and compaction problems.
The Plugs Will Disappear
Once core aerated, your lawn will be dotted with the little plugs we've pulled from the soil. These cores are approximately 1/2” in diameter and 3 - 4” long. These will break apart and disappear into the lawn within a week or two.
Manage Your Thatch
Thatch is the layer of dead roots, stems, and crowns that can form on top of the soil surface. This layer of organic matter acts almost as a blanket covering the soil surface. A thatch layer of 1/2” or less is acceptable and does have some benefit for the lawn. However, thatch layers greater than 1/2” can be the source of many lawn problems. Thatch can be most successfully managed with core aeration.