Annual aeration of your soil will help build a healthy, beautiful lawn. Aerating, or core cultivation, opens a path for air, water and nutrients to reach the root level of the turf and helps control thatch. Recommended prior to fertilizer application in early spring or late fall
Building Stronger Root Systems
Aeration will create pockets in the soil to help deliver air, water and nutrients to the turf roots. The root system of the lawn actually grows toward these pockets, filling them in to become deeper and stronger. And the healthier the roots, the thicker and healthier the lawn. Fall is the best time to aerate your lawn, but it can also be done in the spring.
Making the Most of Thatch
Thatch is a layer of dead vegetation that builds up on lawns at the surface of the soil. While a small amount of thatch is healthy for your lawn, an excess of thatch can be harmful. Power raking your lawn is not recommended for removing thatch, and caution should be taken if doing so, because it can kill your lawn. A better way to control thatch, the process of aeration will remove plugs of soil from your lawn and place them above the thatch level. This process will actually speed up the decomposition of thatch as the soil blends back into the earth, taking the natural nutrients of decomposing thatch with it.
Cultivating Your Soil
When soil is compacted, cannot growing deep root systems. Aeration will soften up the soil, allowing it to breathe. Turf roots will be able to grow deeper and spread to fill in thinner areas of your lawn. For more information on aeration, please feel free to contact your local K-Lawn® Lawn Care Specialist.
Key Benefits of Aeration:
- Aeration opens a path for air, water and nutrients to reach the root level of the turf and helps control thatch.
- Aeration pockets give roots space to grow thick and deep, helping to build a stronger root system for your lawn.
- Aeration helps return decomposing thatch and its natural nutrients back into your soil.
- Aeration mellows your soil so roots grow and spread to fill in thinner areas of lawns.
- Aeration promotes a thick and lush lawn.