What is Lawn Aeration?
Lawns become compact through traffic, rainfall and natural settling. Over time, compacted soil becomes tough for roots to penetrate and limits the water, oxygen and nutrients available to the roots.
A lawn aeration service will reduce the compaction on the surface of the soil and will stimulate root growth as well as allow water, oxygen and nutrients to penetrate deeper into the soil.
How often should I aerate my lawn?
A typical lawn should be aerated annually. This will help mitigate the effects of compaction of the soil through the year. If a lawn is subject to heavy traffic or consists of heavy clay, aerating in both the spring and fall is recommended and will produce the best result.
It is very common to core aerate at the same time as over-seeding. While not absolutely necessary, the cores left on the top of the soil will increase soil contact with the seed, giving you a better germination rate.
GroGreen Lawn Care offers both Mechanical and a new Liquid Aeration
Mechanical (core) Aeration
Traditionally, lawns are core aerated using an aerating machine. This machine pulls 1-2" plugs from the soil, leaving them on the surface to break down. This method helps break up thatch and topdresses the surface with your native soil. It will also bring beneficial microorganisms to the surface which will help break down the thatch layer (dead grass on the surface of the soil).
GroGreen Lawn Care is the first (and at the moment, the only) company in Canada to offer an oxidizing liquid aeration product. This product reacts with acids in the soil, creating micro fissures up to 8" deep allowing better penetration of water, oxygen and nutrients. It is very beneficial to heavy clay soils and will help release nutrients bound up in the clay.
Liquid aeration is very safe for people, pets and wildlife and is a safer alternative to core aeration for your irrigation system.