Lexington Lawn Aeration
Most people are not aware of the benefits of aeration, yet it is one of the most important treatments for a healthy lawn. Aeration helps reduce compaction and keeps your soil in the best shape possible.
Besides reducing soil compaction, an Annual Core Aeration treatments help reduce the thatch layer buildup in all lawns.
Aeration and over-seeding for a healthier, better looking fescue lawn
A core aeration is a great way to keep your lawn happy, and improve the soil it grows in. For thin fescue lawns or problem lawns, it is a good idea to over-seed the lawn after aerating.
Newly aerated fescue lawns provide an almost ideal environment for growing new grass seed. This will help fill in those bare or thin spots, giving you a thicker, healthier turfgrass that will crowd out weeds and help prevent new weeds from developing.
The problem with too much thatch
Thatch in lawns is often misunderstood; both its cause and control. Some lawns have serious thatch problems while others do not. Thatch is a layer of living and dead organic matter that occurs between the green matter and the soil surface.
Excessive thatch (over 1/2") creates an environment favorable for pests and disease and an unfavorable growing environment for grass roots plus can interfere with some lawn care practices.
Thatch is a build-up of dead roots, lawn debris and dead turfgrass crowns.
Aeration helps breakdown this thatch layer naturally. As you're probably aware, a healthy soil is full of microbes. When a lawn is aerated, small plugs of soil (including the microbes) is pulled out and deposited on the surface. The microbes almost immediately start to eat and digest that dead organic layer of thatch.
Too much thatch in the lawn can be disastrous for the health of the lawn and may require an expensive de-thatching process. It is better to keep thatch under-control with regular core aeration treatments.
If you have questions about whether your lawn has too much thatch, please give us a call and we'll be happy to give you a free analysis.