One of the keys to having a healthy and lush lawn is to perform core aerations on a regular basis. Aerating your lawn is necessary to keep your turf healthy and growing. Sometimes instances resulting from what you may think are insects, under watering or fertilizer problems, are actually happening simply because you are not aerating the soil as often as it needs.
Core aeration enables the roots to take in more air and sunlight. The process involves extracting small amounts (plugs) of soil from the stand of turf. One advantage of this procedure includes improving the supply of oxygen to the roots of the grass and allowing the soil to breathe more freely. It also helps the nutrients and fertilizers to reach the roots directly. An other benefit of core aeration is that the soil gets loosened up and able to take in more water. When a lawn had not had sufficient aerations, only half of the quantity of fertilizers reach the roots and the rest are lost on the surface itself.
Commercial power lawn aerators have spikes or cores for aerating the lawn. The core aeration version of the equipment is most effective and is ideal for large lawns, fields and parks. If you have inbuilt sprinklers in the ground, we’ll take care to not disturb them while using aerators on your lawn.
It is best to have your lawn aerated at least twice a year though it can be done three to four times if you are doing it for the first time or if the soil is quite rigid and compact. It is also necessary to water the lawn well the previous day of aeration so that the soil is soft and easy to core. But make sure that you do not pour too much water and make it muddy which makes it difficult to aerate and is ineffective.
Once you have aerated the lawn, you can leave the soil plugs on the grass itself and then plug them back later. The plugs will also break up on their own which will be effective for the breakdown of the thatch.