Core aeration is the process of removing soil and small plugs of thatch from lawns in a bid to improve natural soil aeration. This practice should be carried out once per year. However, heavily used lawns or those established on sub-soils should be aerated once or twice per year depending on the status of the soil.
Here are some of the supreme reasons why you should aerate your lawn:
Counter soil compaction:
Compact soils make it very difficult for plant roots to penetrate and grow. This, in turn, affects the overall growth of plants negatively. Aeration reduces soil compaction and promotes root growth.
Enhanced water and nutrient uptake:
For lawn plants to grow optimally, they need an uninterrupted supply of water. Core aeration will significantly increase the number of pores between soil particles. This boosts the rate at which water and nutrients penetrate into the soil.
Increase drought and heat tolerance:
Build-up of heat in the soil compromises growth of microorganisms, whose main role is to breakdown organic matter into nutrients. By aerating your lawn, you will be increasing the soil’s heat and drought tolerance as well as boosting the functionalism of the microorganism.
Reduces runoff and padding:
Runoff is well known for its ability to wash down nutrients and weak plants that are loosely attached to the soil. To protect your lawn from such problems, you need to increase the rate at which water penetrates into the soil layers. This can only be achieved through aeration. This will in the long run increase the amount of water available for plant absorption.
Finally, core aeration boosts soil resilience. This is the ability of the soil to bounce back to its original healthy status after a perturbation. Be sure to seek this service from an expert who has vast experience and skills to get the best results.