Figure 1 – This shows shallow roots with compacted soil.
Figure 2 – An aeration creates plugs allowing the roots to receive air, water, and nutrients.
Figure 3 – New growth is shown with deeper roots taking off.
Figure 4 – A healthier, fuller lawn with deep roots.
Aeration is one of the best-kept secrets in great lawn care and tends to go unnoticed among the list of other “flashier” lawn care services. The quality of your root system is directly related to the quality of your lawn. As your lawn matures, your soil tends to settle, compact and harden. This is particularly true here in the Upper Midwest, where our soil is predominantly made of clay.
As the soil packs down, it prevents water and nutrients from soaking down into the soil, which keeps those vital ingredients from reaching your lawn’s root system. An aeration relieves the compaction of your soil by putting 2 – 3” holes in your turf so that water and nutrients can reach the root system of your lawn, restoring a healthy environment for root development and oxygen exchange–important factors in developing the kind of gorgeous lawn that your family can enjoy all season long.
Oxygen exchange from soil to atmosphere for healthier roots
Treatment effectiveness by increasing fertilizer’s ability to reach the root system
Healthy roots below ground which is critical for a healthy lawn above
Lawn longevity by increasing your turf’s tolerance to heat, drought and disease
Overseeding effectiveness by allowing direct seed-to-soil contact
When you overseed a freshly aerated lawn much of the seed will naturally fall into the holes created by the aeration making direct contact with the soil instead of just laying on top. This is an easy way to improve the density of the turf, establish improved grass varieties, enhance a lawn’s color and protect against weed infestation.