Excess thatch build-up and compacted soils are two major influences on the health and growth of your lawn. Core aeration can help reduce thatch and relieve compaction to provide a greener and healthier lawn.
- Increases access to air, water and nutrients
- Better plant growth
- Reduced compaction
- Natural soil breakdown
How to know when your lawn needs core aeration
Core aeration offers many benefits for your lawn, and has proven to be one of the most essential processes in maintaining a healthy, thick lawn. The process opens up the lawn by removing small plugs of soil and thatch, allowing more air, water and nutrients to reach the root zone, leading to better plant growth. The microorganisms in the plugs that remain on the surface will dissolve back into the thatch layer to help it breakdown, naturally. The process also reduces compaction.
Thatch is the intermingled layer of roots, stems and other natural material that build up at the soil surface. Some thatch (1/2 inch or less) is desirable as it will act as a cushion and help protect the lawn from temperature extremes. When thatch exceeds an 1/2 inch, it will reduce lawn vigor and increase insect and disease problems.
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