What is Core Aerating?
Aerating is the process of removing small cores of soil from your lawn. It is one of the very best things you can do to give your cool-season lawn a boost and get it off to a healthy start. If you didn't aerate your lawn last fall, spring is also a good time. Aerating increases water, air and nutrient penetration to grass roots, reducing thatch and promoting vigorous growth.
What are the benefits of core aerating?
Aeration relieves soil compaction, improves water and nutrient movement in the soil, increases rooting, and prevents thatch accumulation. Aeration improves the growing conditions for the turfgrass plants and results in a healthier, more vigorous lawn.
What can you expect?
Immediately after aeration, your lawn will be dotted with small plugs pulled from the soil. We encourage you to allow these plugs to remain on your lawn, breaking apart naturally and disappearing back into the lawn. This process usually takes a week or so. The plugs contain beneficial microorganisms that help to breakdown thatch.. You should have the lawn mowed prior to lawn aerating.
After lawn aeration, your lawn should be able to go longer between watering, without showing signs of wilt. With repeat aerations over time, you lawn will show enhanced heat and drought stress tolerance. Don't expect miracles from a single aeration, particularly on lawns growing on extremely poor soil. Most lawns benefit from annual aeration. Lawns that receive this care will be healthier, more vigorous, easier to maintain and have fewer pest problems than lawns that are neglected, as well as the reduction of thatch.
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