When your lawn is suffering from compacted soil or heavy layers of thatch, your turf can literally suffocate. Overly dense soil or thick thatch prevents healthy airflow in your lawn’s soil, preventing your turf’s roots from breathing the way they should. The answer? Lawn aeration. At Lawn Doctor of The Woodlands-Magnolia-Tomball, our lawn aeration experts provide homeowners in The Woodlands, Magnolia, Tomball, and Spring with core aeration, the most effective type of aeration available.
Does Your Lawn Need Aeration?
It can be tough to know whether or not your lawn requires aeration. This is because the symptoms of a poorly aerated lawn — brittle, yellow grass and patchy growth — can also be due to other problems, like poor fertilization. When checking if your lawn needs aeration, keep the following in mind:
- Most lawns require aeration every spring to relieve the natural compaction of soil over time.
- One way to check for dense soil is the screwdriver test. Try inserting a screwdriver head-first into your soil. If this is tough to do, your soil likely needs aeration.
- The lawn aeration experts at Lawn Doctor of The Woodlands-Magnolia-Tomball can provide you with a free, in-person health assessment to determine if your lawn needs aeration.
Spike Aeration vs. Core Aeration
There are two popular methods for lawn aeration — spike aeration and core aeration. Each has its benefits.
Spike aeration is more widely available as a DIY method. Spike aerators are manually operated and use spikes to punch small holes in your lawn to break up soil and encourage airflow. The size of these holes means that spike aeration’s results are usually short-lasting, so if you use a spike aerator on your lawn, you may need to aerate more than once a year.
Core aeration (or plug aeration) works a little differently. This method uses special machinery to core plugs of soil out of your lawn. The machinery creates deeper, more effective, and longer-lasting results than spike aeration. Core aerators are also more consistent than many types of spike aerators.
Because of its longer-lasting results, core aeration is the method used by the lawn aeration experts at Lawn Doctor of The Woodlands-Magnolia-Tomball.
The Woodlands’ Lawn Aeration Experts
Whether you’re worried about heavily compacted soil or just want your lawn aerated to encourage healthy growth over the summer, the lawn aeration experts at Lawn Doctor of The Woodlands-Magnolia-Tomball can help.
Call 281.789.4580 today for a free, in-person lawn aeration assessment from Lawn Doctor of The Woodlands-Magnolia-Tomball.