Core Aeration is the process of using mechanized equipment to remove approximately 1″ x 2″ cores of soil from the ground. Aeration may be overlooked when trying to restore a lawn but is vital to bring it back to health.
Specially designed aeration equipment consists of a series of hollow coring tines. When these tines are rolled over the lawn, they puncture the soil, removing small soil plugs. The equipment is compact and can easily be used in confined areas.
The cores of soil and thatch are pulled up by the machine and left on the lawn, as they contain beneficial micro-organisms that will help break down the remaining thatch.
The cores will disappear back into the lawn in 7-10 days or with the first mowing. Raking the cores to break them up will speed up their disappearance from the lawn surface.
Core Areation helps turf by:
- Reducing soil compaction
- Improving uptake of oxygen, fertilizer and other nutrients
- Breaking down thatch (built-up clippings and debris)
- Improving irrigation effectiveness. After aeration, water reach the root zone quicker and run-off is reduced
- Creating more room for roots to grow