HOW DOES IT WORK?
Core aeration is a process that removes plugs of grass and soil from the lawn. These plugs can be of variable size, depending on which machine is used, but they are generally around three inches long and ¾ inches in diameter. It is important to understand the difference between core aeration and spike aeration, which is done using narrow spikes pushed into the soil. Spiking your lawn is not very effective, as the holes close up quickly reducing any benefit of aeration. Core aeration plugs have the added benefit of helping level out uneven lawns. They stay on your lawn until they break down, adding a layer of organic matter to your lawn and settling into low areas.
WHEN SHOULD TURF BE AERATED?
Core aeration combined with overseeding is a fine practice, and can be done spring or fall. Fall seeding is generally more successful, because of the warm soil, cool air and abundant rainfall. In either spring or fall, if the rains do not appear, be sure to water your lawn daily to keep those germinating seeds moist.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
Right after aeration your lawn will be dotted with small plugs pulled from the soil. About 7 to 10 days after aeration, the holes will be filled with white, actively growing roots. These roots are a sign that the turfgrass is responding to additional oxygen, moisture and nutrients in the soil from the aeration process. Don’t expect miracles from a single aeration, particularly on lawns growing on extremely poor soils. Lawns that receive this care will be healthier, more vigorous, easier to maintain and have fewer pest problems.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF CORE AERATION?
- It helps the lawn’s health and vigor, and reduces maintenance requirements.
- It keeps thatch under control and reduces the need for expensive renovations.
- It creates growth zones in the soil that better capture air, water and fertilizer putting them within easy reach of turf roots.
For more information on lawn care, and to schedule your aeration, contact us via email or call (513) 271-5665.