Aeration is the process of taking small plugs or cores (usually one to six inches long) out of the lawn. Over time, the soil under your grass compacts making it difficult for the lawn roots to breath, feed, and grow. Plug Aeration is used to increase the health of the lawn by decompacting the soil.
On our first trip to your home, we’ll check the soil to understand your lawns soil density and composition. This gives us a better understanding of how many passes we will need to make with the Aerator or if your lawn even needs aeration.
Next, we identify your sprinkler head locations so we don’t puncture them with the Aerator. We flag each head as necessary and then go to work Aerating.
After the Aeration, if you’re interested, we can re-seed your lawn (recommended) for the cost of the seed. Seed typically costs $15-$150/bag depending on the type grass seed and size of the bag.
Aeration is essential to maintaining a healthy lawn. As lawns age, soil compacts, reducing the pores or pockets of oxygen needed for roots to breathe, absorb nutrients and water, and grow. Soil compaction also reduces micro-organism abundance and health. Core Aeration therefore:
Especially for older lawns, Aerating is highly recommended twice per season – once in the Spring and once in the Fall. Over the course of a Spring and Summer season, root growth and soil compaction increase, thus necessitating an Aeration in the Fall. Additionally, the Winter brings snow, rain, and further thatch buildup. By the time Spring rolls around, we want to provide optimal growing conditions for the lawn; thus the need for Aeration in the Spring.