Core aeration is the process of removing small plugs of soil and thatch from the lawn area. This helps create a stronger root system with more nutrient storage thus giving us a greener and healthier lawn. Two important reasons for regular core aeration are thatch decomposition and soil compaction relief.
Thatch is the decaying area of material between the soil and the green part of your grass. Some thatch area is normal and good; however, half an inch or more is not! It prevents light, water, air and vital nutrients from getting deeper to the root area of your lawn. Some problems created by excess thatch are shallow roots, increased susceptibility to disease and insect-related problems, more frequent need of water, and less tolerance to heat and drought. Simply put, core aeration promotes the breakdown of the thatch layer.
Soil compaction is the natural process of settling that occurs in soil. This is a particular problem with clay-based soils. Compaction also is compounded in lawn areas that endure heavy usage or foot traffic by people, pets, vehicles or machinery, and in times of low moisture or drought. When soil is compacted water runs off the top more easily, air and nutrients are unable to reach into the soil as deeply, and it is a difficult environment for turf roots to expand and strengthen.
Many lawns suffer from compaction and heavy thatch. Fall core aeration provides an enhanced opportunity for root development during the time of year when lawns are instinctively working to establish a more vigorous root system. The holes created through core aeration allow turf roots to more easily expand during this stage of root development. Most lawns benefit from annual core aeration. Spring and fall are both ideal times to core aerate.
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