> Lawn Aeration

Lawn aeration
is the process of perforating the soil with small holes to alleviate soil
compaction. This in turn encourages air, water, and other vital nutrients into
the root system to establish a healthier, thicker lawn. Compacted lawns are
caused by a number of reasons including excessive thatch, heavy debris under
the grass surface, clay-rich soils, poorly-drained soils, or lawns with heavy
traffic from people and pets.


Lawns
consisting of cool season grasses are best aerated in the fall. There are two
types of aerators: a plug (core) aerator and a spike aerator. Spike aerators
simply poke holes in the lawn, and are less effective than plug aerators as
they can cause additional compaction. Plug aerators on the other hand remove a
core of soil with each hole, allowing air and nutrients to penetrate the root
system. These cores are left on the lawn to decompose naturally (usually about
two to four weeks). Pro-Turf uses a plug aerator for maximum efficiency!
Before you
aerate, it is recommended you water the lawn thoroughly a day or two before.
Moist soil will improve the efficacy of the aerator and pull out cores more
easily. Make sure you flag sprinkler heads and other objects which could be
impacted by an aerator. Post-aeration is also a wonderful time to overseed!
Overseeding is a great way to fill in bare spots, improve the density of your
turf, and help establish your lawn’s cultivars and color—all without having to
tear up your existing lawn. Pro-Turf does not offer overseeding services however,
we do have a detailed document to help you through the overseeding process
yourself.
Pro-Turf
Landscaping aerates from September through October. A typical aeration service
costs between $150 and $250. Contact the office for quotes and scheduling!