Lawn Aeration For Healthier Lawns
Lawn Aeration Strengthens Lawns
Lawn aeration is one of the four key components in maintaining thicker and greener lawn along with proper mowing, watering, and fertilization.
Hence, it is recommended once per year. A lawn aeration is a simple process that will benefit your lawn. Most homeowners or property managers do not know this process’s true effects & benefits due to the fact that most corporate lawn services seldom provide thorough lawn aeration.
In most cases, the answer from the big-box lawn companies is always the same. They provide quick, brief aeration and throw down just enough seed. Over time, homeowners cannot see any lasting improvements. The excuse is always the same: “Oh, dear, summer was hot this year and all lawns have suffered in the county!” Have you ever heard that?
There are two different techniques to aerate lawns – Lawn core aeration and liquid aeration
Benefits of Lawn Core Aeration
There are seven benefits that lawn aeration offers to your lawn:
- Alleviate soil compaction
- Drive oxygen into topsoil profile/root zone
- Deeper and denser root growth development
- Nutrient uptake optimization
- Decreased Water runoff
- Improved moisture retention
- Alleviate thatch build-up
Grassroots need air, water and nutrients to grow thick and strong. Compaction prevents the penetration of the essential elements in the soil. Even slight compaction can impact the health and beauty of your lawn.
The core aeration process pulls small plugs of soil to the surface and creates holes into the ground to allow air, water, and nutrients to reach the root system. Even one lawn aeration session can improve your lawn health and bring it back on the right path.
Lawn Core Aeration & Overseeding
In some cases, overseeding often comes right after core aeration. Overseeding means spreading new grass seed into the lawn. Once the core aeration is done, we spread our hand-picked, Certified Blue Tag seed mix over your lawn. This process will continue to build the density and vigor of your lawn. Progressively, you will see dead patches disappear and your lawn get thicker.
Therefore, it is widely accepted that overseeding after a core aeration is the ideal combination because aeration exposes soil, and seed-to-soil contact is key for successful germination. This is the reason why most companies overseed at the same time as aeration.
Best Periods for Lawn Core Aeration
Fall is an ideal time for this process because the warm soil from Summer, combined with nightly dews and cooler temperatures will boost germination while keeping the need for watering to a minimum. Lawns overseeded in the Fall will have the opportunity to establish and strengthen during the fall and the entire following Spring, giving the lawn the best chance to endure summer weather.
Not every lawn has the same aeration and overseeding needs. Our team of experienced lawn professionals is able to make the proper adjustments to the scope of work for each lawn. What makes us different:
- We ensure the optimum amount of passes over the lawn with our aerators based on the lawn density, severity of compaction and seeding needs
- The right equipment is used appropriately for each lawn – Stand-on machines for large lawns and walk-behind machines for small lawns
- All landscape bed, driveway, walkways edges with a garden weasel are hand-seeded, because all aeration equipment leaves 6-10″ of lawn untouched and we want uniform results
- Our aeration and overseeding process includes a starter fertilizer – High in phosphorus and key bio stimulates, the new seedlings are sure to thrive
What’s Liquid Aeration?
There is an alternative to soil core (plug) aeration – Liquid Aeration
For people looking for a cost-effective alternative to core aeration or whose lawns do not need overseeding, we offer a liquid aeration treatment. Air-8 is designed to break up and loosen topsoil and encourage deeper rooting to drive more oxygen into the topsoil without the use of traditional soil core aeration machinery – which is a good alternative to those who have shallowly buried hazards like cable wires, Invisible Fence®-type wires, outdoor lighting systems, etc.
N-Ext AIR-8™ is a special liquid formula that is administered through a pressurized machine to create microscopic pores in the soil.
Advantages of Liquid Aeration
ADVANTAGES OF THIS LIQUID AERATION TREATMENT INCLUDE:
- Full lawn coverage – Unlike core aeration which only affects a fraction of the soil.
- Improved water retention – Because the soil becomes like a sponge after liquid aeration, it retains and distributes water to the places that need it most
- Decreased water use – Liquid aeration allows your soil to hold water more effectively than ever. This means it doesn’t dry out as quickly, which means you get to water less frequently
- Healthier lawn roots – Reduced soil compaction allows the roots of your lawn to grow deeper and stronger
- Increased safety and eco-friendliness – This method of liquid aeration introduces only biodegradable materials to your lawn. It’s also safe to use around children and pets
- It can be done anytime during the growing season.
- There is no need to mark sprinkler system heads, invisible fences, underground utilities or cable lines.
Lawn Core Aeration or Liquid Aeration?
The goal of aerating a lawn is to get more oxygen, water, and nutrients into the root zone. Improving the aeration within the soil is especially beneficial to lawns that are growing in clay or compacted soils. Connect with us today to learn more.