Lawn aeration and dethatching are two processes used to maintain the beauty of a lawn. Guardian Lawn Care, a division of Guardian Management Company, are experts in aeration and dethatching lawns and grassy areas.
Aeration and Dethatching for a Healthy Lawn
Technically speaking, aeration is the natural occurring process of air exchange between the soil and its surrounding atmosphere. Practically speaking, aeration is the process of mechanically removing small plugs of thatch and soil from the lawn to improve natural aeration.
Aeration to Help Your Lawn Breathe
Aerating can help with the following:
- Improve air exchange between the soil and atmosphere
- Enhance soil water uptake
- Improve fertilizer uptake and consumption
- Reduce water run-off and puddling
- Stronger root structure
- Reduce soil compaction
- Enhance heat and drought stress tolerance
- Enhance thatch breakdown
Most lawns benefit from annual aeration, however heavily used lawns or lawns with heavy clay soils may need more than one aeration per year. Remember, turf responds best when cores are close and penetration is deep.
Dethatching Benefits the Entire Lawn
Like many plants, grass has a below ground root system and an above ground area that’s green and growing. In between lays a layer known as thatch. Some thatch is natural and good for the lawn but too much thatch can become a problem.
If thatch build up gets thicker than ½ to ¾ of an inch, it becomes difficult for water, fertilizer and disease control to reach the soil.
Thick thatch can block sun light from reaching lower grass blades and can create and uneven lawn which leads to uneven mowing and scalping.
Reducing the amount of thatch build up can benefit your lawn in many ways and lead to healthier lawn.
Members of Guardian Lawn Care are properly trained in aeration and dethatching and run the equipment.