Archives: March 2019

Lawns need to breathe, like most living things. In order to receive adequate hydration and nutrients, the lawn needs airflow. Removing small plugs of turf, thatch, and soil from your lawn is what is known as lawn or core aeration. The breakup in the soil that the plugs do help put nutrients back into the root system of your lawn. Aeration is undertaken to improve the effectiveness of normal irrigation, fertilizers and pest control programs, as well as promote a thicker lawn. With this in mind, we at Hometown Turf Aeration & Lawncare would like to further elaborate on aeration.

Benefits of Lawn Aeration

Aeration is beneficial in quite a few ways, and they are listed below:
1) Turf Health Improvement. The root zone with greater access to air, water, and fertilizer is provided with aeration. The overall health of the turf is improved with the improved access to water, air, and nutrients. The roots will also go deeper and be more extensive also.
2) Lawn Thatch Management. Just above the soil surface is thatch, a tightly interwoven plant material that can prevent nutrients and other necessary items from reaching grass roots. By punching holes in the thatch layer, the thatch-decomposing microorganisms from the soil are introduced to the top of the thatch layer.
3) Increased Pest Resistance. To survive potential diseases or pests attack your lawn, your root system is healthier.
4) Soil Compaction Relief. While decreasing soil density removing the cores can relieve compaction.
5) Increased Lawn Water Efficiency. You use the water more efficient as aeration promotes waterflow directly to the roots of the grass.
6) pH Lawn Modification. The change of pH deeper into the soil profile is impacted by applying lime or sulfur after lawn aeration. To benefit the turf, the deeper penetrated nutrients boost the root zone.
7) Improved Overseeding. Before and after seeding into an existing lawn aeration is highly beneficial. Creating a moist, protected environment I optimal for seedling growth and development, making the soil cultivation and enhancement with the seed-to-soil contact necessary for germination.

How to Aerate Lawn with Aerator

Lawn aeration uses machinery, called an aerator or aeration machine, that pokes methodical holes in the lawn, and the cores of the soil are left on the surface. The produced cores of soil are about the size of a nickel and 2-3 inches in length as the holes are fairly small. The cores will break down and your lawn will reabsorb their nutrients following a few rainfalls and mowing activities.

Do I Need to Aerate My Lawn Every Year?

Typically, lawn aeration should be performance once a year as a general guideline. If the soil is especially compacted however, you should consider it twice a year. If you notice puddles forming after rainstorms, the lawn fails the screwdriver test (if you cannot stick a screwdriver or even a pencil into the ground with ease), or there is a thick layer of thatch that can harbor diseases and pests, you should contact a professional for aeration services.

Aeration & Other Landscape Services in Locust Grove, Stockbridge & McDonough, Georgia

If your lawn is need of quality aeration, trust in the experts of Hometown Turf Aeration & Lawncare to get the job done for you quickly and efficiently. Contact us today!

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