What Is Core Aeration?Core aeration is a type of lawn aeration that uses a plug aerator to remove plugs of soil, creating holes in compacted soil. These small holes help the soil breathe and create routes through which nutrients can enter the soil and penetrate through to grass roots. The plugs that were removed stay on top of your lawn where they break down and return nutrients back to the soil. Core aeration is one of the most popular types of lawn aeration, and for good reason. As the name suggests, plug aerators used for core aeration mechanically remove plugs from the soil — creating true breathing room for the soil and the grass. Spike aeration, on the other hand, uses a machine with solid tines to poke holes into the soil, creating gaps that are likely to be covered quickly once again.
How We Approach Lawn AerationAt Lush Lawn, our core aeration service helps lawns stay lush and healthy year-round. Using state-of-the-art equipment to ensure optimal results, we give lawns the room they need to absorb nutrients — all while eliminating areas of standing water that can lead to lawn diseases. We recommend at least one core aeration service in the spring or fall, and even better if you’re able to aerate twice per season. Please note that we do not thatch or power rake lawns. A small layer of thatch actually helps grass store nutrients, while its breakdown invites microbial activity into soil that ultimately helps nutrients circulate through the ground. Plugging your turf with an aerator reduces the amount of thatch, but doesn’t fully remove it — a much healthier process for your lawn in the long run. In combination with our fall aeration service, we also offer overseeding as well. Applying lawn seed after aeration improves the contact that seed has with the soil, and thus results in a better germination rate. Beyond thickening your lawn, overseeding can help even out the appearance of your lawn over time as well minimize or get rid of weeds and undesirable grasses.
The Benefits of Our Lawn Aeration ServicesWhen you invest in our core aeration service, you can expect to:
- Give your grass roots better access to air, water and other nutrients that fuel growth
- Manage layers of thatch on your lawn so as to reduce potential pest or disease issues
- Improve soil drainage to avoid ponding of water around homes and stormwater runoff
- Better prepare grass for the stress of summer droughts and freezing winter temperatures