Could your lawn be struggling to breathe? With the clay-like soil in our region, it’s quite common for lawns to become compacted and when that happens, lawns are definitely struggling to receive not only oxygen but the water and nutrients that they need to thrive.
Turf aeration works by utilizing a special piece of machinery that travels over your lawn and pulls small cores of soil. Our machines use hydraulic down pressure to obtain larger-than-average cores (usually 3 to 4-inch cores in rocky soil and up to 6-inch cores in sandy or clay soils). The resulting cores will decompose over time, recycling nutrients into the soil. In addition, the holes made in the soil help increase water infiltration, nutrient penetration, and gaseous exchange—giving your lawn what it really needs to perform its best. This activity helps activate new root growth and decreases the recovery time for damaged turf.
A word of advice: It is also important to manage irrigation closely as some soils in the heat of the summer may develop a hardened crust and ultimately become hydrophobic and repel applied water cycles. In our experience, when soil becomes hydrophilic, it is best to aerate immediately followed a watering cycle best suited for your soil type and irrigation capacities.
Put simply, turf aeration is one of the best services you can have performed when it comes to producing a thick and healthy lawn. It’s often thought of as the secret to a great lawn.