The three things that your turf needs to survive are oxygen, water, and proper minerals. But over time, a layer of dead grass, called thatch, will gradually build up on the turf and prevent your grass from getting the essential water and oxygen it needs to thrive.
Thatch is not the only thing impacting the survival of your grass. Throughout the year, your property's soil is often compacted by the weight of your lawn mower, frequent foot traffic, and even heavy snowfalls. These factors can make it extremely difficult for your lawn to absorb essential nutrients.
One of the best solutions to these common lawn problems is aeration. Aerating your turf will break up thatch and compacted soil by removing small plugs of dirt and grass, giving back your turf’s access to the vital nutrients it needs to stay full and healthy.
There are many warning signs that your yard needs to be aerated, some of which include “bald spots” with lots of visible dirt, patches of sparse grass, and puddles of water following a rain shower.
The good news is that most lawns can greatly benefit from aerating when the service is performed properly. We generally recommend that you have your turf aerated at least once every year, but you may need more frequent aerating, like every other season, depending on the amount of foot traffic your yard gets and the overall dirt quality.
Typically, we start aerating during early spring, early autumn, or late summer. During the process, we use a specialized piece of equipment called a mechanical core aerator to pull out a plug of dirt about the size of your thumb and then deposit the plugs on the turf.
For the best results, we remove between 20-40 plugs per square foot of your turf. The holes left behind in the soil allow your grass to receive additional air, water, and nutrients. While the plugs left on the grass may look a little ugly, we recommend leaving them to naturally disintegrate because they’re packed full of nutrients and microorganisms that your turf benefits from reabsorbing.
After the holes from the aeration go away, you may observe that your turf contains a few patches or is noticeably thinner. Not only can a thinning turf look dull, bare, and unattractive, but a sparse lawn can result in insects, disease, and annoying weeds. To get a beautiful lawn that you'll absolutely love, we'll need to place seeds over the recovering grass to thicken your turf and encourage optimal growth. After a couple of weeks, you’ll notice your grass looking thicker and healthier than before.
After reading all of this great information about lawn aeration and seeding, aren't you ready to have your turf aerated? Awesome, so are we!
If you would like to obtain a beautiful, healthy lawn, this is definitely the service for you! Give us a call today, and we can discuss your upcoming aerating project, your pricing, and schedule a time to come out and treat your yard. Trust us, you'll be glad you called!