Increase the effectiveness of your lawn care! Core aeration is a process of removing cores of soil from your lawn while “punching” holes in the lawn. Lawn aeration helps relieve compaction of the soil, improve drainage, and reduce fungus activity. It also allows oxygen, water and nutrients to reach the root zone of your lawn better, making your roots grow deeper. The cores of loose soil fall back on top of the lawn, where rain and regular mowing will break up the cores.
Micro-organisms that are naturally found in the cores of soil, help dissolve and “eat” the excess thatch. Thatch causes many lawn problems including fungus problems, winter damage, and drought damage. In the winter, the roots growing in heavy thatch lawns are exposed to freezing cold temperatures that damage or kill the grass. In the summer, the roots dry out quicker in heavy thatch lawns causing thin or dead areas because the roots aren’t growing deep enough to anchor in the moist soil. Aeration is the best option for reducing thatch.
Aeration is one of the best ways to help get a thicker, greener and healthier lawn, a lawn worth living on! Consider aeration if you see thin or bare patches, water puddles after it rains, or if your lawn has excessive thatch.
When is the best time to aerate your lawn? The best time to aerate is from spring until early fall for warm season grasses. The grass needs to be actively growing to avoid stress to your lawn. Aeration is recommended once annually, unless your lawn has heavy thatch, and then twice annually is recommended. Ask your TruGreen Specialist if you have questions.
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