Lawns come with a basic set of needs: air, water, nutrients, sunlight and room to grow. When soil becomes compacted — typically a product of pressure from foot traffic or heavy machines — lawns fail to get these needs met. Compacted soil has a reduced pore space, which prevents oxygen, moisture and fertilizer from reaching the grass roots and limits their area to expand.
Core aeration services from Lush Lawn are designed to counteract soil compaction and the issues that come with it. Not only will you improve the health of your lawn in the present, but you’ll be well on your way to a better looking lawn in the future.
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.
At 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.
With the goal of improving the health of your soil, we recommend pairing our core aeration service with our soil treatment programs. Based on your soil test results, we’ll help you find the optimal program to improve your soil structure and provide plants with the nutrients they need.
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.
When you invest in our core aeration service, you can expect to: