Core aeration is a process where punctures are made into the soil resulting in small holes. This allows for water, air and fertilizer to get through – closer to the roots. As a result, roots can grow deeper and your lawn will be more healthier and vigorous looking. Unlike dethaching, which uses mechanical blades to cut grooves into your lawn to remove dead thatch, core aeration punctures small holes using a special tool – about the size of your baby finger.
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Why Core Aeration is Important
Core aeration is required if your lawn has a build-up of thatch. Thatch build-up is often caused by over-watering and excessive use of pesticides. This also results in what is known as soil compaction. When your lawn has a thick layer of thatch and soil compaction then it may serve as a breeding ground for insects and could also result in lawn disease. When your layer of thatch on your lawn is more the 1.2 cm then healthy nutrients can’t reach deep into the root system. Lawns will begin to look thin and sparse where a thick layer of thatch exists. You can determine if soil compaction has occurred by taking a sharp shovel trying to place scoop out some earth. If it isn’t difficult and your shovel reaches more then half way then your soil isn’t suffering from soil compaction.
Signs of a Thick Build-up of Thatch
Thatch build-up can be found when lawns seem to have puddles in certain areas after watering. The build-up has prevented the drainage through to deep roots and water may simply rest on the surface. The presence of excessive weeds, although good practices of weed control have been taken are another indication. Finally, where grass is thin or otherwise experiences poor lawn growth in spite of proper lawn maintenance then thatch build-up has likely occurred.
Benefits of Core Aeration
Increases air-to-soil Transfer
Improves Water Transfer
Encourages Stronger Roots for Thicker Turf
Increases Effectiveness of Fertilizer
Increases Effectiveness of Weed and Insect Controls
Enhances Drought-Stress Tolerance
Aeration ServiceDon’t get confused by the titles. Core Aeration is the same thing as ‘aertization’ or simply ‘aerating’. The service is the same and the goal is to ensure your lawn is healthy.
Clear Cut Group offers a core aeration service that will properly and efficiently remove the thick layer and build-up of thatch from your lawn. Using Professional Core Aeration equipment we will first aerate your entire lawn, puncturing holes about 3 inches deep and about 3 quarters of an inch in diameter. Ideally, 20 to 40 holes will be made for every square foot. The new holes will allow much needed air, water and nutrients to reach deep into the root system and also gives the roots room to grow – encouraging deep and healthy growth. The cores that are now present as a result of the aeration can be raked up and otherwise disposed of. However, by leaving the cores on the surface to decompose naturally they can contribute the digestion of the thatch which will help in creating a healthier lawn. The cores left on your lawn may look undesirable for the following couple of weeks following the aeration however after the natural decomposition your lawn is certain to be much healthier with a much stronger root system which will result in beautiful and vigorous grass.
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