Lawn Aeration FAQ

Lawn Care FAQ’s

 

 

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WHAT IS LAWN AERATION?
Lawn aeration, which is also called core aeration, is when a machine is used to perforate your lawn. Round plugs are pulled throughout your lawn by this machine. This is done so your lawn can encourage growth and thickness, breathe, absorb water, and break down thatch (explained below).

 

 

 

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THATCH IS BAD FOR THE LAWN? WHAT'S THATCH?
Thatch can be described as yellow patches. It is a common issue people have with their lawn. It appears as a matted layer of roots that form on top of the soil. This causes your grass to suffocate and turn yellow. Lack of water and oxygen reaching the roots will result in your lawn becoming prone to disease, and insects. Another way to spot thatch is when you see water pooling in areas of your lawn when watering it. Regular aeration is considered one of the best ways to control thatch.

 

 

 

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WILL AERATION MAKE MY GRASS GROW FASTER?
Yes. The plugs that are pulled from your lawn will allow water, air, grass seeds, and fertilizer to get deep into the soil and produce a thick and healthy lawn.

 

 

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WHEN WILL I SEE POSITIVE RESULTS IN MY LAWN AFTER AERATION?
Lawn aeration is similar to getting in top physical shape. There is no such thing as immediate results. However, exercise with a proper diet over a period of time will prove positive results.

Like exercise and proper health, lawn care is similar. Lawn aeration is ONE of the steps in having a golf course green type of lawn. Depending on the turf conditions, your visual results may or may not be immediate from a single aeration. However, root growth and the overall health of your lawn will begin to improve immediately.

Even in the toughest conditions, aeration in combination with an appropriate fertilizing, irrigation, and weed control program will show dramatic visual results in the second year.

 

 

 

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CAN AERATION ALONE FIX A YARD IN DISTRESS?
Yes. However, results may vary. If your lawn looks like a stampede ran through it, it will take time, care, and patience.

Please keep in mind, general maintenance is essential in keeping your lawn optimal. As well as core aeration; lawn care should include fertilizing, over seeding, and watering. For more information on lawn maintenance please click here

 

 

 

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HOW OFTEN DO I HAVE TO AERATE MY LAWN?
For optimal results, it is best if you aerate your lawn twice a year (once in the spring, and once in the fall). At a minimum, aeration should be done at least once; preferably in the spring.

Aeration needs to be a continual part of your lawn care plan just like fertilizing, weed/pest control, and mowing.

Even after your lawn is at its best, it is important to follow up with your general maintenance. Without it, your lawn could easily begin regressing and all of your hard work will have been for nothing.

 

 

 

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HOW DO I KNOW IF MY YARD NEEDS TO BE AERATED?
Lawn aeration is important to any lawn. Every home/business owner should aerate their property at least once a year. It’s general maintenance for your grass!

 

Signs your lawn may desperately need to be aerated:

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VERY DRY AND HARD – Dries out easily and has a spongy feel. This might mean your lawn has an excessive thatch problem. Take a shovel and remove a slice of lawn about four inches deep. If the thatch layer is greater than one-half inch, aeration is recommended. Also, when your grass is dry stick a screwdriver in the soil, if it is difficult to do then that means your soil is very compacted.

LOTS OF TRAFFIC – High traffic areas appear worn out from heavy use, such as serving as the neighborhood playground or racetrack. Children and pets running around the yard contribute to soil compaction.

NEW HOME/LAWN – Often, the topsoil of newly constructed lawns are stripped or buried, and the grass established on subsoil has been compacted by construction traffic. Please review our 10 reasons to aerate  section

 

 

 

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CAN I AERATE MY LAWN MYSELF? HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
You can find an aeration machine at your local Home Depot or rental chain. It will cost about $40 – $60 to rent. Please keep in mind that Seal of Approval will charge roughly the same price and we will come to your house at a scheduled time. We also offer free tips and advice for property maintenance care.

 

 

 

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CAN I AERATE NEWLY LAID SOD AND/OR SEEDED GRASS?
It is not necessary to aerate newly laid sod. The sod is still new and the aeration machine could rip out what has been placed on your lawn.

It is recommended that you wait 6-12 months before aeration over any new sod. Also, if grass is starting to germinate on your lawn from seeding then you should wait until the seedlings reach maturity.

 

 

 

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HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR THE CORES IN MY YARD TO DISAPPEAR?
It usually takes around two weeks for the cores to break down. Mowing your lawn and watering are the best solutions to breaking down the cores.

Please keep in mind that the cores are actually beneficial to the health of your lawn and the effectiveness of the aeration.