Lawn aeration is the secret weapon in making your lawn healthy and green. Aeration involves making holes in the lawn by “coring”, extracting hundreds of plugs of soil. By aerating your lawn you provide the following benefits to your lawn and its root system:
-Oxygen gets to the roots and the soil allowing it to “breathe” -Organic fertilizers and nutrients get access to the root system -Water is able to better soak the soil and reach the root system -Tight, compact soil is loosened up allowing the root system to grow -Thatch Removal
In addition to the deeper roots, the left over plugs of soil that are deposited on the top of the ground help decompose thatch – without the risk of turf damage that
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power de-thatchers pose. If you are doing a light fall over-seeding on a fescue lawn, the holes left by the aerator make a perfect place for the seeds to fall into and germinate. Fertilizer also penetrates more deeply and helps a lawn recover
and look its best after aerating!
Note: After aeration, leave the plug on the grass and allow them to dry out, then rake the plugs into the grass if you like. It’s OK if you don’t as they will break up after the first mowing and help to breakdown thatch by providing micro organisms that will feed on thatch.