Early-Fall To-Do: Core Aeration

Posted on: August 17, 2017

Whether your lawn is in seemingly good health or in obvious need of care, core aeration is an important aspect of routine lawn maintenance, and now is the time to start thinking about getting it done. Our team of lawn care experts recommends aerating at least once a year, ideally in September or October when evening temperatures have cooled off significantly. If you don’t have the equipment or you have a large yard, we can take care of your lawn care service in Midland, KS or the surrounding areas today.

Having a beautiful yard in the spring requires taking care of it in the fall! Contact Lawrence Landscape for residential and commercial lawn services in Perry, KS and the surrounding areas today!

Should I Core Aerate My Lawn?

To understand why aeration is so important, you first need to understand what thatch is. Thatch is a problem for anyone that doesn’t have regular lawn care service at their Midland, KS home. Thatch is a layer of matted organic material that develops on the surface of your lawn over time. As thatch builds up, it can block fertilizers, pest control, water, oxygen, and other nutrients from getting into the soil. This is where core aeration becomes valuable!

Core aeration pulls 1”-3” plugs of soil and turf from the lawn, breaking up thatch and encouraging that layer of organic material to decompose at a faster rate. The newly created holes are beneficial because they:

  • Introduce oxygen back into the root zone
  • Aid in relieving soil compaction
  • Help roots spread laterally
  • Allow water and fertilizers to filtrate into the soil profile

There are other methods of aeration out there, specifically spiking and slicing, but core aeration is hands-down the most effective. The reason for this is because the spiking and slicing methods do not remove soil, they just move it around. Since slicing and spiking methods don’t pull plugs from the soil, you won’t get those pockets for water and nutrients to enter the soil.

What Is the Best Way to Aerate Your Lawn?

If you want to take aeration into your own hands, you need to be sure that you have taken the proper precautions to ensure a job well done.

  • First and foremost, be sure you canvas your lawn and use flags to mark all irrigation heads, valve boxes, pipes, and wiring that rest beneath the surface.
  • You’ll also want to be sure you have the right tools, whether hand operated or mechanical ones, so that you can make several passes through the yard without overexerting yourself.

Not in the mood to take on the task of aerating? No problem! Lawrence Landscape offers quality residential and commercial lawn services to Perry, KS and the surrounding areas!

Schedule Lawn Care Maintenance With Lawrence Landscape Today!

We have been providing lawn care services in Midland, KS and the surrounding areas for many years. If you have other plans for your free time, our team is here to take care of your aeration needs. Give us a shout today and we can schedule a time to get you taken care of.

Interested in other aspects of lawn care like fertilization, weed control, and mowing? We can help with that too!

Get the best landscape in the neighborhood without lifting a finger! Call us at (785) 843-4370 today for all your residential and commercial lawn services in Perry, KS and the surrounding areas.