DETHATCHING AND CORE AERATION
Lawn care is a crucial element of house ownership, as many of you well know. Going above and beyond your typical watering and fertilizer will help you obtain ideal outcomes for a beautiful and healthy lawn. Aeration of the core can be a very important aspect of your lawn care routine.
When your lawn is aerated, a machine or device with a spindle containing dozens of 4″ hollow spikes goes over it in rows back and forth. The spindle revolves as the machine drives forward, and the spikes pierce the dirt. When the spike pierces the dirt and returns to the surface, a plug, or “core,” is taken from the turf and placed on top of the soil. This permits air and water to penetrate your lawn’s “thatch” layer, which is made up of dead grass and other detritus. When air, water, and nutrients are allowed to enter deeper into the soil, your grassroots will thrive better in the soil as well. This results in a much stronger, more robust root structure, which strengthens and allows your lawn to grow. Individuals with a thinly established lawn may want to consider over-seeding their land to give their grass a fuller, more lush appearance.
So you’re probably wondering when the optimum time is to aerate your lawn. Aeration should usually be done while the roots are actively growing and the lawn has had enough time to mend, filling in any open areas created by the aerator spikes. If you live in a colder climate, aerating your grass in the early spring or early fall, when the temps are at their lowest, is excellent. It is advised that you aerate your lawn at least every other year, but many people prefer to aerate every year to get the most out of their lawn.