Core aeration. It may sound complex, but it’s really simple. An aerator punches out cores, or plugs of soil about a half-inch wide and three inches long, across your whole lawn. This lets moisture, nutrients, and most of all, oxygen reach your turf’s roots. Aeration also breaks up thatch build-up – that layer of dead grass and debris between the soil and grass that blocks water and fertilizers.
Here are some benefits of core aeration:
- Reduces thatch
- Allows oxygen into the soil
- Improves turf density
- Improves water uptake
- Improves nutrient uptake
- Improves root growth
- Promotes a deeper root system
- Reduces drought stress
- Reduces water runoff
Core aeration helps break down the thatch layer naturally. As you’re probably aware, healthy soils are full of microbes. When a lawn is aerated, small plugs of soil (including the microbes) are pulled out and deposited on the surface. The microbes almost immediately start to break down the dead organic layer of thatch.
Cool-season grasses benefit most from aeration in the fall, once temperatures have dipped and root growth has picked up. Warm-season turf, on the other hand, benefits from core aeration in the spring and summer. By disrupting the turf structures that grow above and below ground, warm-season turf is encouraged to resume growth after its winter dormancy.
If you have questions or would like to schedule a spring aeration treatment, call Agropro today! To request an estimate, Click here.
Agropro provides Lawn Care and Plant Health Care services to the following areas in North Georgia: Acworth, Alpharetta, Atlanta, Buckhead, Canton, Cumming, Dunwoody, Holly Springs, Johns Creek, Kennesaw, Marietta, Milton, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Suwanee, and Woodstock.