Homes and businesses with lawns rely on certain environmental factors to achieve the healthiest, strongest lawn possible. At the top of the list is soil quality. Over time, lawn soil compacts, making it harder for water to penetrate deeply, roots to grow down away from the surface, and the soil to accept new seeds easily.

What is aerating?

Aerating is done by a machine that can poke holes into the ground. These holes are between 3/4 and 1 inch wide and between 4 and 5 inches deep. The device has a spindle that spins as the machine passes across the lawn, evenly placing holes. Core Aerators remove the soil from the pit and eject a small soil “core” back onto the grass, which breaks up back into the lawn over time.

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what is aerating

Should I aerate my lawn?

Aerating is done to loosen/soften the ground, allowing grass roots, water, and nutrients to penetrate deeper. It also allows new grass seed to be accepted into the soil more easily. Water that remains on the surface is heated by the sun and drys quickly. The Aeration process allows the water to stay cool and allows air to circulate into the soil. The lower water and nutrients attract deeper, stronger roots that are more resilient to pests and disease. If you want to have a strong, healthy lawn, you absolutely must aerate.

How often should I aerate my lawn?

If you have a low-traffic lawn or very sandy soil, and your yard appears healthy, you should consider aerating once every two or three years. If you have high traffic areas on your turf, or your soil contains lots of clay and compactable earth, you will need to aerate each year.

Is having my lawn professionally aerated expensive?

Professional aeration can be extremely affordable. If you don’t want to invest in the high priced equipment needed to aerate your lawn, you should request a professional estimate properly. Our friendly team is standing by and happy to come out to examine your yard, help you determine if you need to aerate, and provide you an affordable estimate.

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