Spring Core Aeration

grass and blue skyHappy National Lawn and Garden Month! At Terra Bites Lawn Service we provide Georgia home and business owners with lawn care, weed control and other services, such as core aeration.

What is Core Aeration?

Aeration is the naturally occurring process of air exchange between the soil and its surrounding atmosphere; however, most lawns need to be helped out for this process to attain optimal success. Our aeration services are the process of mechanically removing small plugs of thatch and soil from the lawn to improve natural soil aeration. It’s commonly called “core aeration” in the lawn service industry; also know as, “soil cultivation, coring, spiking and slicing.”

Benefits of Aeration

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. Some of the benefits of core aeration that help make your lawn healthier and reduce its maintenance requirements are by:

  • Improving air exchange between the soil and atmosphere.
  • Enhancing soil water uptake.
  • Improving fertilizer uptake and use.
  • Reducing water runoff and puddling.
  • Helping establish stronger turfgrass roots.
  • Reducing soil compaction.
  • Enhancing heat and drought stress tolerance.
  • Improving resiliency and cushioning.
  • Enhancing thatch breakdown.

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Best Times to Aerate Lawns

In Terra Bite’s service area, we generally recommend aeration during mid May; warm season turfgrasses such as zoysia grass and Bermuda grass should be aerated in mid-spring to summer. It’s always good to avoid aerating when warm season grasses are dormant (winter) – it may encourage weed competition. In addition, avoid aerating warm season grasses during spring greenup, and not until after their first spring mowing.

Schedule your spring core aeration today by calling our experts at Terra Bites Lawn Service. We look forward to helping you grow a healthier lawn!