I know you may be sitting there wondering, “What does core aeration mean and why are you saying it’s important for my lawn?” Core aeration is one of the most important cultural practices available for your lawn and involves a lawn aerator with hollow tines that mechanically removes plugs or “cores” of soil from a lawn. Aeration helps control thatch, improves the structure of the soil, helps create growth pickets for new roots, and opens the way for water and fertilizer to reach the root zone of your lawn. Here we’ll discuss just some of the ways core aeration can improve the appearance and the health of your lawn when performed at least once per year!
Improves Air Exchange
Many might assume that water is the main way your lawn can stay healthy. While it is an important factor, it is only one of the many facets that create a beautiful lawn. In order for grass to appear healthy and vibrant, it also requires a heavy supply of oxygen. Core aeration improves the air exchange pathways between the soil and the atmosphere. More oxygen means the grass has the ability to absorb nutrients it requires. Increased air space also allows for more room for new root structures to grow.
Enhanced Soil Water Uptake
A healthy lawn is a hydrated lawn! Compacted soil keeps water and fertilizer from the roots, where your grass begins to grow. Because core aeration allows for improved air exchange, water and other irrigations are able to reach down to the root of your lawn. When your lawn begins receiving more hydration and nutrients, it begins to appear brighter, fuller, and more healthy almost instantly! Now who wouldn’t want that?
Promoted Root Growth
Michigan weather can be a tad bit unpredictable and the ever-changing temperature and elements can really take a toll on your lawn. When the aerator tines go into the soil, it cuts turf roots, which are the roots below the ground. This allows for new roots to grow, which will, in turn, look much healthier. This stronger root system will stay intact so you can enjoy your new lawn for years to come. All of this, combined with the increases nutrient intake, means your lawn is in good shape from the inside out.