The Benefits of Aeration
Aeration is the process by which a machine called an “Aerator” removes cores of soil about 4 inches long from the lawn.
The mechanical process of aerating is a fundamental step in trying to achieve a healthy green lawn. The goal of aeration is to loosen the soil that has become compacted due to natural compression. Foot traffic is obviously a factor in compaction. However, the biggest contributor to compaction is heavy rain and soil composition. Many lawns lack the soil mixtures that promote natural cultivation. Aerating provides that service to your lawn.
Loose soils allow the root systems of the turf to penetrate into the soil. As they become stronger, they are more resilient, and are able to fight off the effects of drought or disease. Air exchange directly to the soil encourages microorganisms to become more abundant and help in breaking down and preventing the formation of thatch in the lawn.
Benefits of aeration:
- Improved air exchange between the soil and atmosphere
- Enhanced water intake
- Improved fertilizer uptake and use
- Reduced water runoff and ponding
- Stronger, deeper grass roots
- Reduced soil compaction
- Enhanced heat and drought stress tolerance
- Improved resiliency & cushioning
- Enhanced thatch breakdown
We recommend that you have your lawn aerated once a year. The benefit to having it done will be evident within the first few applications of fertilizer after the initial aeration has been completed. As you continue to have the lawn cared for using this service on a yearly basis, the long term benefits will have you be the envy of your neighbors.