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Core Aeration

Lawn Aeration Services

Having the professionals at Countywide Landscape aerate your lawn is the smartest thing you can do for your lawn and fall is the best time of the year to do it. Before your lawn can be aerated all of your underground sprinkler heads and electronic fencing will need to marked with flags. In addition to marking potential underground hazards, your lawn will also need to be free of debris and it should be mowed and lightly watered 24 hours before the aeration service takes place.

Power core aeration is one of the most important cultural practices available for your lawn. Aeration helps control thatch, improves the soil structure, helps create growth pockets for new roots, and opens the way for water and fertilizer to reach the root zone of your lawn.

Annual or semi-annual aeration is advised for all lawns on heavy clay soils, those with a thatch buildup, and any lawn that needs to be “thickened up.”

HOW AERATION WORKS

Aeration removes thousands of small cores of soil 1″ to 3″ in length from your lawn. These cores “melt” back into the lawn after a few rainfalls, mixing with whatever thatch exists on your lawn. The holes created by aeration catch fertilizer and water. Turf roots naturally grow toward these growth pockets and thicken in the process. Aeration holes also relieve pressure from compacted soils, letting oxygen and water move more freely into the root zone.

REGULAR AERATION CAN HELP AVOID COSTLY LAWN RENOVATION

Thatch on your lawn works like a thatched roof. This layer of roots, stems and other plant parts sheds water and prevents fertilizers and insect controls from moving freely into the soil. Thatch that is too heavy can make major lawn renovation necessary. Regular aeration helps thatch break down naturally by mixing the soil cores into the thatch and speeding up decomposition. Performed once or twice per year, aeration significantly reduces thatch and improves turf growth.

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