Core Aeration

Core Aeration IllustrationCore Aeration is the most recommended horticultural practice used to enhance the health and appearance of your lawn. It is the best way to improve air/gas exchange and water/nutrient intake deeper into the root zone.

Core aeration will remove cores of soil from the ground and deposit them on the surface of the soil to decompose. The core holes will elevate compaction which will increase oxygen, water and nutrients (fertilizer) into the root zone. The decomposing cores will bring microbes to the surface and help in the breakdown of thatch.Soil compaction occurs naturally in all lawns and can have a negative impact. Compaction greatly reduces the pore space within the soil that would normally hold air. Roots require oxygen to grow and absorb nutrients and water.

We use a professional Power Core Aerator machine (the same as golf courses), which pulls 3" plugs out of the turf area with every pass. The plugs dissolve back into the soil as organic fertilizer. Unlike typical drum-style machines, which are heavy and further compact soil, our state-of the art machines are lightweight and pull out more cores per thousand square feet.

What does core aeration do for your lawn?

  1. Increases the activity of soil microorganisms that decompose thatch
  2. Increases water, nutrient and oxygen movement into the soil
  3. Improves root growth
  4. Enhances infiltration of rainfall or irrigation
  5. Helps fertilizer and pesticide absorption
  6. Defends the lawn against disease and weeds
  7. Improves winter hardiness

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