• Aeration

  • What Is Aeration?

    Technically speaking, aeration is the naturally occurring process of air exchange between the soil and its surrounding atmosphere. Practically speaking, aeration is the process of mechanically removing small plugs of thatch and soil from the lawn to improve natural soil aeration. It’s commonly called “core aeration” in the lawn service industry, and you may have heard of it as soil cultivation (coring, spiking and slicing). Most homeowners simply call it aeration.

    Aeration Benefits:

    Core aeration can help make your lawn healthier and reduce its maintenance requirements through these means:

    Bullet Improved air exchange between the soil and atmosphere.
    Bullet Enhanced soil water uptake.
    Bullet Improved fertilizer uptake and use.
    Bullet Reduced water runoff and puddling.
    Bullet Stronger turfgrass roots.
    Bullet Reduced soil compaction.
    Bullet Enhanced heat and drought stress tolerance.
    Bullet Improved resiliency and cushioning.
    Bullet Enhanced thatch breakdown.

    Aeration Equipment Affects The Outcome...

    The type of aeration equipment can determine how effective the treatment will be. In general, turf responds best when core holes are close and deep. Equipment with hollow tines removes soil cores. Equipment with open tines divots the soil surface. Aeration equipment also varies in tine size up to
    3/4 inch diameter and in depth of penetration up to 4 inches, depending on the manufacturer’s specifications.