There are two types of lawn aeration machines: spike aerators and core aerators. Spike aerators simply punch holes in the ground using spikes, while core aerators use hollow tines that pull plugs, or cores, of compacted soil up from the ground. The professionals at Yardworx Outdoor Services will use a core aerator to remove plugs of soil 2-3 inches long from the ground every three inches or so. These holes will allow water and nutrients to reach the roots further down. The machine is run over the entire area, using multiple passes if necessary to ensure that the entire yard benefits from this service. This process works best when the ground is moist, but not wet or muddy. The plugs of soil will break down in a few weeks and filter back down into your lawn. A light raking or pass with a lawnmower will help to break up these plugs and ensure a more even redistribution.
After core aeration, it is important to continue regularly scheduled maintenance such as mowing, watering, and fertilizing to keep your yard looking its best. It is also recommended that you overseed or fertilize your lawn after core aeration as the opening in the ground provides deeper access for the seeds and fertilizer.
The best time for core aeration is during seasons of high growth when the grass can easily regrow to fill in the holes. Mid-spring and early fall are the most popular times for core aeration. Many homeowners choose to overseed their lawns after aeration to take advantage of the better seed-to-soil contact that core aeration offers. Combining the services gives the seeds the best environment to grow. Core aeration should be avoided in dormant times like harsh winters and brutal summers, as the grass will not grow back in as fast and may lead to an uneven lawn.
Most lawns should be aerated at least once a year, but some yards may benefit from core aeration twice a year. Let the lawn care technicians at Yardworx Outdoor Services analyze your lawn and provide a plan to keep your yard in tip-top shape.
Yardworx Outdoor Services is the city area’s leading expert when it comes to lawn aeration. Our lawn care specialists will take the time to examine your lawn and determine the best course of action to keep your lawn healthy and your family happy. C