Aeration is an important aspect of proper turf management. It alleviates compaction allowing oxygen, water, and nutrients to flow through the soil profile simulating roots. If done well and with the right tools, it will benefit almost every aspect of your lawn.
Next Level Aeration:
Our "reciprocating" aeration machines ensure 2x the hole density (or more) than traditional "drum" aeration and properly deep 2.5 inch cores. As always, the work will be done by our highly trained horticultural specialists, so you know the job will be done the right way.
What is Compaction?
- Compact soil can be due to several issues, including heavy riding mowers, pets, heavy foot traffic, heavy clay soil or rocky soil, poor drainage, lack of water, etc.
- Signs you have a compaction issue: struggles with fungus, thin turfgrass, dog paths, moss or algae, areas of standing water, summer "hot spots," can't seem to water enough in times of high heat, etc.
- We recommend push mowing unless you have a lawn that is wide open and large, reduce pet and foot traffic during dormancy or after a rain, and proper irrigation. Please contact us for an irrigation specialist's recommendation.
- Aerating once per year will improve compacted or heavy clay/rocky soil. To speed the improvement of poor soil conditions, we recommend an Organic Superfood Jumpstart once per year as well as aeration.
How It Works Once You're Signed Up for an Aeration:
- Flag your Irrigation Heads. Two weeks before your Aeration, we will drop off 25 flags. One week before Aeration, you will receive an email notification. Once you've received that email notification, run your irrigation system and flag the heads as they pop up. Flagging will minimize the chance of damage and allow us to guarantee replacement if a flagged head, drains, valve cover, etc. is damaged.
- Notifications. Proper Aeration is a significant task and requires participation from the homeowner or property manager. Therefore, we take several steps in advance to prepare, such as distributing flags and sending email/text notifications. The first email and text will happen one week before Aeration, the second will arrive the 2 days before, and the third will be the standard day before notification.
- Prepair the Soil. One key to doing Aeration well is preparing the soil by ensuring the soil has been adequately dampened. If we have not received adequate rain to soften the soil, please run a heavy irrigation cycle the day before our arrival. This will ensure the tines penetrate to the proper 2.5-inch depth.