Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Aeration 101

 Most of you have probably heard about Aeration - or are at least familiar with the word - but do you know what it does and why we do it? We'd love to break this service down for you.

Essentially, core aeration punches holes in the turf, removing plugs of grass and soil in the process. This action creates pockets of air in your turf, and can relieve compaction built up by foot traffic, pets, and other factors. If you've ever cooked a frozen meal in the microwave, and used a fork to puncture the meal before heating it up, you understand that this action allows the heat to distribute more evenly throughout the food. Same goes for aeration allowing sunlight, water, and nutrients to permeate your turf! Aeration relieves pressure in your lawn, and offers it the ability to breathe in these vital nutrients.

Pro tip for determining whether your turf is compacted: the "Screwdriver Test." Grab a screwdriver and stick it into your turf - it should slide in relatively easily. If you meet resistance, you're probably suffering from compaction!

We love pairing aeration with Overseeding, as these little pockets of air created by aeration offer an ideal nest for new seed to flourish. As opposed to seeding on top of the earth, we are getting the seed deeper, as well as offering a protected space for it to grow and thrive. 

If you're suffering from lawn compaction, heavy weeds in your turf, or an uneven lawn - aeration and overseeding just may be the answer this fall. Stronger, healthier grass can choke out those pesky weeds, and creating pockets of air in your turf allows it to settle more evenly.

Still have questions about aeration and/ or overseeding? Fire away! We'd love to help

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