Core Aeration for Lawns
Lawn Aeration is one of the most important lawn care services for maintaining a beautiful and healthy lawn. The soils in and around the Boulder and Fort Collins area is usually comprised of clay and lacking organic matter. Core aeration services will alleviate soil compaction, thereby allowing nutrients, water, and air to penetrate the soil easier. Loose soil that has been aerated allows the grass’s roots to dig deep into the soil bed. Grass that has an established root system with deep digging roots will be able to tolerate heat and drought stress better than grass with shallow roots.
A lawn aeration service is also extremely important in developing a living soil. Aeration is so important to the health of the microorganisms that living in the soil because without air the beneficial microbes will die. Most Front Range Colorado soils are very high in clay content and therefore, core aeration should be performed at least once per year (spring) and for best results again in the fall. Lawn aeration is an essential process for maintaining a healthy lawn in Colorado, especially with the clay soils that are so common in the Boulder, Fort Collins and Arvada areas.
Call today to schedule a lawn aeration for your (303) 499-2000 Boulder or (970) 225-9425 Fort Collins area lawn.
Double Lawn Aeration
Two Times The Plugs
Double Core Aeration – A double lawn aeration is the same as a normal core aeration except our technician will make two passes over the lawn. This is recommended for customers with severely compacted lawns or those that are wanting to seed a lawn immediately after the lawn aeration has been completed.
When is a Double Lawn Aeration Necessary?
Double aeration is necessary when a lawn is severely compacted. This could be when there are dogs living in a small yard which causes by excessive foot traffic on the lawn. Lawns that are severely over watered for a long period of time will have extremely compacted soils, double aeration is very helpful when a lawn has severe hard pan. We also recommend double aeration when a lawn is suffering from Necrotic Ring Spot. Aeration is vital at helping a lawn recover from this lawn disease and we have found that double aeration is more beneficial to the recovery process than a single aeration.
Benefits of Core Aeration
- Compacted soils prevent turf grasses from establishing a healthy root system. Grasses growing in compacted soils tend to have shallow root systems that are 3 inches or less.
- Core aeration relieves soil compaction by pulling cores of soil up to 3 inches in depth.
- Once the soil is aerated, air exchange will improve and the soil can easily absorb water, lawn fertilizer and other nutrients. Air is also vital for maintaining and stimulating beneficial microbial activity in soils.
- Lawn aeration promotes deeper root growth for a lush, healthy and drought-resistant lawn.
- Over watering can all cause soil compaction. We recommend a sprinkler audit when a lawn is showing signs of severe compaction caused by being over watered.
Lawn Aeration Season
Ideal time to aerate a lawn:
Any time the lawn is compacted, the ground is moist, and it is during our core aeration season. We perform lawn aeration as part of our local lawn care services in Boulder and Fort Collins.
Lawn aeration seasons:
Spring Aeration Season: March 1st – May 31st
Fall Aeration Season: September 15th – October 31st (later into November is possible if there’s no snow on the ground).
When is the best time to aerate a lawn?
Lawn aeration alleviates compaction in the soil and should be performed at least once per year, in the spring and/or fall. Core aeration allows vital nutrients, air and water to penetrate the soil. Spring aeration alleviates compaction and stimulates air movement for the summer. Fall aeration helps moisture quickly get down into the root zone and reduces winter desiccation. Summer lawn aeration is not recommended because the sun angle is too high in the sky and can cause damage to the exposed grass roots.
FAQ – Lawn Aeration
Why is lawn core aeration important to the health of grass?
Aeration alleviates soil compaction, allowing nutrients, water, and air to penetrate the soil and access the root zone of the lawn. Air is vital for beneficial microbes and bacteria to survive and thrive.
What is the difference between thatching and aerating?
Thatching or dethatching a lawn is when a machine called a power rake is used to physically remove the organic matter that is not decomposing properly from a lawn. This organic matter is comprised of old grass clippings, tree leaves, and other organic matter that is not being decayed properly. This is called thatch and it only builds up in lawns that have extremely poor cultural practices such as improper lawn watering, improper lawn mowing and the use of chemical lawn fertilizers and weed controls. When a lawn is absent of beneficial microbial activity the organic matter in a lawn will build up and cause thatch to accumulate in a lawn.
Lawn aeration is a different type of machine that pulls plugs from the soil and alleviates soil compaction, allowing nutrients, water, and air to penetrate the soil. Air is vital for beneficial microbes and bacteria to survive and thrive. Having a living soil with those beneficial microbes will keep the lawn from needing to be power raked or dethatched.