Core aeration is the process of mechanically removing plugs of thatch and soil from the lawn. Aeration opens the soil, helps reduce compaction, improves water infiltration, improves rooting, reduces thatch and acts in many other ways to improve the lawn and reduce stress. Lawn aeration restores the vital “nooks and crannies” to the soil. To maintain a healthy lawn through periods of stress, the soil needs water, air and nutrients in the top 6 to 10 inches. Soils that are hard and compacted like our clay, have no “nooks and crannies” to hold the water, air or nutrients. Without these crucial components, root growth is impeded, which prevents the grass from developing the deep root system that is essential to survive in hot and dry or harsh and cold periods. Core aeration can be used to minimize thatch accumulation, to modify its physical characteristics, and to reduce soil compaction. Soil plugs are deposited on the turf surface (see left). These plugs then break down and redistribute soil throughout the thatch layer. The soil from the plugs helps to modify the physical structure of the thatch, making it a better growing medium.
Lawn overseeding can greatly benefit lawns that are at least 10 years old. Older turfgrasses need more fertilizer and watering, and appear “worn out”. Overseeding utilizes newer turfgrass varieties that have been developed to better withstand insects, disease, shady conditions, drought and heavy traffic. A renovated lawn looks healthier and stays greener. You will realize your investment in less fertilizer and water. After overseeding, your lawn will also be treated with a starter fertilizer which will help insure optimal growth. This is our BETTER seeding program.
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