Red Carpet Landscaping – Lawn Aeration
There are few things as vital to having a lush, green lawn as that of aeration. Over the course of time, significant amounts of thatch can build up, and coupled with compacting soil, this can cause the lawn to suffocate. An increase in buildup can also prevent the grass from being able to find the necessary nutrients for proper growth. Through the process of aeration, our experts at Red Carpet Landscaping will alleviate these strains on your lawn, thus allowing it to grow in thick and healthy.
Just like any living thing, your lawn needs to breathe in order to survive. Aeration will help to aid in oxygen consumption by providing passages for air to flow more freely through the soil. There are two primary methods that can be used to aerate your lawn – spike aeration and core aeration. As the name suggests, spike aeration is facilitated through the use of a roller that is adorned with large spikes. These spikes are then rolled over the surface of the lawn to create cavities for air to enter. Core aeration, on the other hand, is done by removing small plugs or “cores” of soil which significantly increases oxygen levels. In general, core aeration is a more involved process, but it is a better solution than spiked aeration.
Benefits of Aeration
As mentioned, aerating your lawn is one of the best ways to promote growth by introducing more oxygen to the roots of the grass, however, there are other benefits to aeration as well. One of the primary benefits of aeration is its ability to help strengthen the root structure of the lawn. With a stronger root structure, the grass will be able to stand up better against the elements while ensuring that the lawn remains thick.
Another benefit of aeration is its ability to improve the effectiveness of fertilizers. This improvement means that the grass will grow in faster and the root structure will be more sound. In addition, aeration will improve the lawns ability to cope with excessive temperature by increasing its heat absorption rate.
How Aeration Works
Our lawn aeration experts at Red Carpet Landscaping will be able to provide you with specific recommendations on the steps to aerate your lawn, but here are some of the basics on the process of aeration.
Typically, aeration is done when the soil is moist, as dry soil can cause problems with the process. Once the soil is sufficiently wet, you may start aerating the lawn with a core aerator. This piece of equipment will produce holes that are between 3 and 4 inches deep, depending on the size of the machine. In addition, a core aerator will ensure that each of the cores are spaced evenly across the lawn.
Renting a core aerator is possible, however, as many homeowners have found out, the process can be difficult and time-consuming. Not only are the aerating machines complicated to use, but they are also bulky and expensive to rent. It is for these reasons that lawn aeration is better left to professionals such as those at Red Carpet Landscaping.
If you have any questions regarding our lawn aeration services, contact one of our customer service representatives and they will be glad to address any of your concerns.