How Core Aerations are better than other Lawn Aerations
A Core Aeration is a particular type of lawn aeration in which a machine, known as a lawn aerator, removes plugs of soil and thatch from a lawn. This makes room for air, water and nutrients to penetrate the lawn. Core aeration is better than other types of lawn aeration because it creates holes of a significant diameter – about ½ to ¾ of an inch. This gives the air, water and nutrients enough space to get down deep into your lawn where they’re most needed. We, at Emerald Lawns, believe that Core Aeration is the best form of lawn aeration and are happy to perform this service for you.
Usually, you perform aeration to alleviate soil compaction.
Soil is compacted when there’s too much solid matter in a certain volume or space. There’s no room for air, water and nutrients to get to the soil. Aeration should be done during the growing seasons when grass can fill any open areas after the soil plugs are removed. We recommend aerating lawns twice a year, preferably in the fall and spring. However, we do aerations year-round so don’t worry about the timing. We’ll be there when you need your lawn aerated.
- Your lawn gets heavy use. Children and pets running around the lawn can contribute to soil compaction.
- Your lawn is part of a newly constructed home. Many times, the topsoil of newly constructed lawns is stripped or buried. The grass established on subsoil has become compacted by construction traffic.
- Your lawn was sodded and soil layering is present. Soil layering occurs when soil of finer texture is poured over coarser, existing soil. This disrupts drainage as the water tends to stay on the finer part of the soil and not penetrate deeper. Aeration breaks up the layering and allows water to flow through the soil more easily and reach the roots.
Emerald Lawns can loosen up your compacted soil with a professional grade core aerator.
We call ahead two days in advance to make sure that you have enough time to water your lawn so it’s wet enough for aeration. We want you to know that our power aerators are efficient and quick, giving you the best aeration possible.
During your aeration, we will make sure that we are careful of your irrigation system.
We will do our best not to puncture a hole in your sprinklers. Again, we give you a two day heads-up phone call so that you can mark the area where your sprinklers are. If you are home during the treatment, we will help you mark the sprinkler system then if that’s easiest for you. We want to ensure that you have a positive experience with us.
Please note that we do NOT aerate the strip of grass between the lawn and the street. There’s no way to mark that sprinkler system and it’s potentially a very expensive fix for you if we puncture a hole in that area. We want to save you money, not have you waste it on a costly repair that can easily be avoided.
Finally, we always leave the plugs on the grass. That’s the only way to go. Honestly, leaving plugs on the lawn is part of the benefit of the aeration. Golf courses pick them up only because they get in the way of the ball. You can rake them into the grass or just let mow them in the next time you mow your lawn. This organic matter is best returned back to the lawn. It’s very healthy and has vital nutrients your lawn needs.