Lawn Aeration & Core Aeration

By TruGreen December 16, 2015

Narrator:

What if I told you that one of the best things you can do for your lawn is to dig holes in it? What? How can that be? Well, when those holes are a result of core aeration, that's precisely the case. Core aeration is the process of using a machine with small, hollow tines to remove cores of soil, leaving them on the surface of your lawn. Typically, this is accomplished with a specialized piece of equipment called an aerator or aeration machine. Ideally, these core plugs have a diameter about the size of a nickel and are two to three inches in length. What advantages can these little holes provide your lawn? Lots. First, by providing your roots with greater access to air, water, and fertilizer, the overall health of your lawn can be greatly improved. It also helps control the amount of thatch in your yard. Thatch is that layer of tightly woven plant material that can prevent nutrients and other items from reaching your soil. Aeration not only punches holes in this dense thatch layer, but also encourages microbes already in the soil to decompose the thatch on the surface of the lawn. Certain species like Bermudagrass, St. Augustinegrass, Kentucky Bluegrass are more susceptible to heavy thatch, but keep a close eye on your yard, no matter what kind of grass you have. If you notice a layer of this material more than half an inch thick, it might be time to act. How often should you aerate? As a rule, you should plan to aerate your lawn at least once a year. However, twice per year can be desirable if your soil is compacted. How can you tell? Remove a square foot section of lawn at least six inches deep. If the grass roots extend only into the first one to two inches, your soil may be compacted and could benefit from core aeration. The experts at TruGreen® have specialized equipment and the know-how to do that very thing. Sign up at TruGreen.com or call 1 (866) 688-6722 and let them perform a healthy lawn analysis on your yard. You'll be well on your way to having a lawn you love.

Lawn Aeration | Core Aeration | TruGreen

Core aeration is the process of using a machine with small, hollow tines to remove cores of soil, leaving them on the surface of your lawn. Typically, this is accomplished with a specialized piece of equipment called an aerator or aeration machine. Ideally, these core plugs have a diameter about the size of a nickel and are two to three inches in length.

Benefits of Core Aeration

First, by providing your roots with greater access to air, water, and fertilizer, the overall health of your lawn can be greatly improved. It also helps control the amount of thatch in your yard. Thatch is that layer of tightly woven plant material that can prevent nutrients and other items from reaching your soil. Aeration not only punches holes in this dense thatch layer, but also encourages microbes already in the soil to decompose the thatch on the surface of the lawn.

 Certain species like Bermudagrass, St. Augustine grass, Kentucky Bluegrass are more susceptible to heavy thatch, but keep a close eye on your yard, no matter what kind of grass you have. If you notice a layer of this material more than half an inch thick, it might be time to act.

How Often Should I Aerate?

As a rule, you should plan to aerate your lawn at least once a year. However, twice per year can be desirable if your soil is compacted. Remove a square foot section of lawn at least six inches deep. If the grass roots extend only into the first one to two inches, your soil may be compacted and could benefit from core aeration.

The experts at TruGreen® have specialized equipment and the know-how to do that very thing. Sign up at TruGreen.com or call 1 (866) 688-6722 and let them perform a healthy lawn analysis on your yard. You'll be well on your way to having a lawn you love.

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