Core Aeration Services for Residential and Commercial
Keeping your lawn healthy and green is important to you. You want your lawn to be one of the best in Sauk Rapids, MN. So, when your grass starts to wilt at the first sign of an extended heat wave, or your watering efforts seem to flow right off your lawn and into the road, you know to call the experts at Valley Green.
Your soil may be too compact to absorb water readily, and your lawn may not be able to put down the root system it needs. Lawn aeration is the best method to make your lawn less compact and get the roots the water, oxygen and nutrients they need to grow stronger and more robust!
Lawn aeration removes soil cores from your lawn and deposits them above the thatch layer. As soon as aeration is completed, a lot of good things begin to happen to your lawn! Contact us today to set up an appointment or learn more!
Why Should I Aerate My Lawn?
Lawn aeration is an important part of improving the health of your lawn. Lawn aeration:
- Improves air exchange between the soil and atmosphere
- Enhances soil water uptake
- Improves fertilizer uptake and use
- Reduces water runoff and puddling
- Strengthens turfgrass roots
- Reduces soil compaction
- Enhances heat and drought stress tolerance
- Improves resiliency and cushioning
- Enhances thatch breakdown
The most immediate benefit is the creation of tiny pockets in your lawn to catch and hold air, water and fertilizer. This is especially important in heavy soils which tend to be compact and shed water.
The next thing you’ll notice is the soil cores beginning to dissolve during rainfall and watering. This soil mixes with the thatch layer and helps it decompose, preventing an unhealthy amount of thatch from forming.
Then, because the holes are catching water and fertilizer, the grass’ roots begin to grow towards them, getting fuller and thicker on the way. Since there’s extra space, the compacted soil of your lawn begins to loosen, which allows more oxygen to reach the roots and permits them to grow deeper without hitting hard soil.
The important final result of all these steps is that the lawn is thicker, greener, has a healthy amount of thatch and holds up to hot and dry weather better than before.
Valley Green’s Method
Aeration can be done in the spring or fall, depending on the grass and soil type you have. We recommend aeration during May in the spring – after the first two mowings have taken place – or between August-September in the fall.
We will run our core aerator over your lawn several times, until there are nearly 40 holes per square foot. This might seem like a lot, but it’s necessary to improve the soil and lawn. The soil cores can be left where they lay, or partially broken up by raking them into the lawn.
After aeration, it takes about 6 weeks for grass to fill in the holes left behind. To speed up the process, we recommend fertilizing the lawn one week prior to aeration.
Contact Valley Green For Lawn Aeration
At Valley Green, we have the expert knowledge to make your lawn the very best it can be. We’d love to take a look at let you know how we can help your lawn, whether with aeration or another service. Contact us today to set up an appointment!