Aeration & Dethatching
Lawn aeration constitutes two things: controlling lawn thatch and reducing soil compaction. Lawn thatch is a layer of dead organic tissue that can protect the lawn by moderating temperature and reducing evapotranspiration when it is a reasonable thickness, but too much thatch can limit soil oxygenation and reduce watering effectiveness.. Soil compaction makes it difficult for grass to develop long roots and disturbs both natural rainwater and artificial irrigation.
Thatch is a layer of living and dead organic matter that occurs between the turf and the soil surface. Excessive thatch creates an environment favorable for pests and disease; it’s also an unfavorable growing environment for grass roots.
As thatch levels accumulate to greater than half an inch, lawn problems may begin (i.e. disease, insects, etc) and thatch will need to be controlled.
Core aeration generally corrects the reason that thatch is accumulating. Core aeration machines pull small soil cores to the surface and are left to act as top dressing. The holes created help solve problems such as compaction and poor drainage. Aerating is an excellent lawn practice with many benefits, which lead to better root systems and healthier lawns.
We use a 100% organic Hummus Compost
- Offers an assortment of beneficial microorganisms and a broad range of nutrients.
- Reduces thatch
- Reduces disease
- Improves water retention
- Improves soil structure profile and reduces compaction