Summer stress. Heavy foot traffic. Parked vehicles on your lawn. These can all cause soil compaction and thatch build-up. And when they happen, the results aren’t pretty. In fact, when soil becomes compressed, it can actually suffocate grass roots. Not only that, but as surface thatch builds up, it prevents nutrients and water from penetrating. Then, your lawn can’t get key essentials. But with lawn aeration from Lawn Doctor of Greensboro, we can break through thatch and compressed soils to create a healthier environment for grass to grow and thrive.
Why Aeration is Good for Your Lawn
There are two types of aeration: spike and core. Spike aeration uses spikes on a roller to aerate your lawn. Core aeration – which is the method Lawn Doctor of Greensboro relies on – is simply the process of removing small plugs of soil, grass, and thatch in your lawn. It’s more effective, longer lasting, and works by making pathways for water, air, and nutrients to penetrate soil and reach grass roots. As a result, roots can grow deeper and more vigorously, grass can become thicker and more vibrant, and lawns can better tolerate heat and drought.
How to Uncover Soil Compaction
If your lawn isn’t showing serious signs of damage, it can be hard to tell if soil is compacted. If you’re not sure, try the screwdriver test. Take a screwdriver and dig it into your soil. If you can’t get it very far without a struggle, it’s a sign your lawn needs to be aerated. Some other signs include weak growth and standing water that isn’t getting absorbed. Likewise, if you have clay soil or if you park cars on your lawn, then compaction is more likely to happen.
Timing for Lawn Aeration
At Lawn Doctor of Greensboro, we know the best time for aeration is just prior to the active growth cycle of your grass. However, different grass types grow at different times. That’s why you need to know what kind of grass you have in your yard before performing aeration. If it’s a cool season grass, like fescue or ryegrass, aerate in the fall or early spring. For warm season grass, such as Buffalo, St. Augustine or Bermuda, aerate closer to the end of spring.
Call in the Aeration Experts at Lawn Doctor of Greensboro
At Lawn Doctor of Greensboro, we have the knowledge, experience, and equipment to breathe new life into your lawn with our aeration services. We can even combine overseeding with lawn aeration to produce more beautiful, longer-lasting results.
To learn more or schedule your free consultation, contact Lawn Doctor of Greensboro today at 336.497.4845. Our lawn aeration services are available to customers in Greensboro as well as Burlington, Sanford, Kernersville, and Pittsboro.