Hydraulic Core Aeration:

Hydraulic core aeration is beneficial for maintaining the health of your lawn, as it allows air, fertilizer, and water to reach the roots of the grass by extracting plugs of soil. Plugs are left behind after aeration is done so that they can decompose and put nutrients back into the ground. Aerating the lawn allows the fertilizer and lime to absorb into the ground and prepare the soil for overseeding. The best time to aerate your lawn is when it’s moist, from irrigation or rainfall the day before. This will make it easier to penetrate the soil and create deeper, and more effective holes in the soil.

Compaction & Thatch:

Compacted soil on your lawn can limit the oxygen, water intake, and nutrients it needs. Especially after the arid conditions we’ve had this year in Northern VA, it reduces the space within the soil that normally holds air and water. Eventually the lawn will develop shallow roots, bare spots, grass thinning, and a chance of disease, this results in poor growth and deterioration.

Benefits of Hydraulic core aeration:

Reduced soil compaction
Healthier lawn
Improved lawn treatment uptake
Increased airflow
Increased water intake
Stronger root system

Overseeding, fertilizer and lime (done following aeration):

To get optimal results, spreading seed, fertilizer and lime after aeration is a must! Overseeding will fill in bald patches and improve lawn density to get rid lawns that get worn-out overtime. Overall it will improve your lawn’s appearance and enhance the lawns’ ability to combat diseases. Applying fertilizer provides the macro and micronutrients your grass needs to strengthen the roots and stimulate new growth. Lime begins to break down as soon as it is applied on the lawn. It begins to soften the ground for better intake of lawn applications, including overseeding. This helps lawns’ nutrients and pH level to stay balanced.