Is your lawn thinning, dying, or already have dead spots? It could be the roots of your lawn aren’t receiving enough air, water, and fertilizer due to compacted soil. We can turn that brown yard around with our core lawn aeration services.
Core lawn aeration is the process of creating small holes in your yard using core aeration machines. These holes give the roots of your grass greater access to everything grass needs to thrive. Typically, earthworms perform this service in nature. But modern lawn often suffer from an earthworm shortage. In addition, many lawns throughout the metro can suffer from compacted soil, which can make aeration even more important because the roots of your grass may literally be starving.
How Core Lawn Aeration Works
We use a core aeration machine that is outfitted with a series of small, hollow tines. These tines remove small plugs of soil from your yard, creating small holes throughout your yard. Each hole is smaller than a nickel. These holes allow for nutrients, water, and air to reach the roots of the grass.
It’s important to note that we don’t collect the plugs created by the aeration machines. The plugs are deposited back into your lawn where they break down over a period of days. It’s similar to mowing the lawn without a bagger where the clippings are deposited back into the lawn.
In addition to giving you healthier grass, core aeration helps to control the amount of thatch in your yard. Thatch is a dense layer of dead grass between the top layer of your grass and the soil itself. As you might imagine, this stuff gets in the way, preventing vital nutrients from reaching the soil.
Lawn aeration accomplishes two things here. First, it punches through this useless layer so nutrients, water, and air can get to the roots of your grass. Second, once the aeration process is complete the soil’s microbes will be released to decompose the thatch layer.
When To Get It Done
Call us for core lawn aeration services if:
- You notice more than 1/2” of thatch in your yard.
- Any time your lawn seems to be particularly unhealthy (i.e. browning, thinning, dying, dead spots).
- Your soil is compacted. You can find out by removing a 6” deep square foot of your lawn. If the roots of your grass don’t extend any further than 2” then your soil is compacted and your lawn isn’t getting what it needs.
- We already do regular lawn maintenance for you.
Our Core Lawn Aeration Pricing
- $99 for lawns 12,000 sq. ft. and under (most lawns in our service area fall into this category)
- Add $8.00 per 1,000 sq. ft. after 12,000 sq. ft.
If you’re unsure how large your lawn is we can usually calculate the square footage using GIS mapping. This allows us to give you an exact quote over the phone or via email!
The Equipment We Use
We use Turfco core aeration machines which allow us to gain access to all areas of your lawn – even through fence gates and doors 36” or wider. Here is a picture of one of these machines: