Every Fall, Yard Smart offers its clients a lawn aeration service whereby a machine with hollow tines mechanically removes plugs or "cores" of soil and thatch from a lawn. Core aeration reduces soil compaction, creating a channel through which oxygen, water, and nutrients can penetrate into the soil. Over the next 14 days, both the hole left by the aerator and the plug left behind on the grass will start to break down.
Improved air exchange between the soil and atmosphere.
Enhanced soil water uptake.
Improved fertilizer uptake and use. (If soil is too dense, fertilizers will wash away as water passes over the surface of the soil in-stead of into it.)
Reduced water runoff and puddling.
Stronger turfgrass roots.
Reduced soil compaction.
Enhanced heat and drought stress tolerance.
Improved resiliency and cushioning.
Enhanced thatch breakdown.
Late Sumer to Early Fall is the best time of year to aerate. Most lawns benefit from annual aeration. Heavily used lawns, or those growing on heavy clay or subsoils may need more than one aeration each year.
Areas where puddles form
Areas where grass will not grow
Areas of heavy moss
High-traffic Areas. (Especially traveled by motorized vehicles)