What is lawn aeration?
Lawn care aeration involves treating the lawn by perforating the soil to ensure air, water and nutrients reach the grass roots. Virtually, the process involves removing the top grass thatch though routine moss control and scarification for a healthier, stronger lawn.
Why do we need to aerate lawns?
If you have noticed, as time goes by, it becomes hard for water to penetrate through the soil surface. This is especially so with areas that experience heavy use such as children and pets running around the yard. Another thing is that, soil also dries out easily and this might cause an excessive thatch problem. Aerating lawns breaks up the layering, and ensures that air and water flows more easily into the soil and gets to the roots.
How do we aerate lawns?
We simply drill small holes into the lawn using either the Solid tine or hollow tine aeration machine to let the roots receive air so that the grass can thrive.
How does the hollow tine and solid tine machine work?
The hollow tine machine uses metal “tiness” to extract the core turf of the soil. It creates extra spaces allowing the lawn to breathe some fresh air. The main benefit of using this machine, is that it is able to break into the extra compact layer of the soil. Thus, its effect lasts longer as compared to its counterpart. On the other hand, the solid tine machine uses solid metal spikes to drill holes into the lawn. The holes can be deep up to several inches depending on the soil type. Generally, this machine is used on less compacted soils.
When is the best time to aerate lawns?
Normally, we apply lawn treatment at the beginning of autumn (September or October) since the ground is nice and soft.
What are the Benefits of Lawn Aeration?
- Enhances absorption of water
- Improves soil temperatures
- Helps in the breakdown of organic matter
- Promotes better surface level for roll speed
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