Professional lawn maintenance companies probably know a lot of things you don’t about lawn care. That’s why they are the experts – they have the training and experience that sets them apart from the rest. They also have access to tools and products that the general public can’t get their hands on. From fertilizing schedules to the best way to trim grass, the pros know what works best. They also know which of your good intentions will end up causing damage to your turf.
One of the most often overlooked aspects of lawn care is aeration. Professional lawn maintenance companies know that the majority of homeowners who maintain their own yards don’t aerate at all. They also know that those who do aerate almost always use spike aerators. This is especially true if you have a small lawn. You can get spike aerators that strap to your shoes for about $25 online. Then you just walk around your yard, and it’s that easy to aerate your yard. How can you beat that?
Core Aeration Delivers Superior Results
Believe it or not, you can beat these $25 spike aerators with core aeration. This is the type of aerators that are used by professional lawn maintenance companies. Core aerators do a far superior job of delivering water, air, and nutrients to grass roots. That’s because instead of simply punching a hole in the dirt, core aerators actually remove a small plug of soil each time they are forced through the soil surface. While spike aerators do nothing to alleviate soil compaction, core aerators create a little more space for roots to breathe and spread.
Lawns that are treated to core aeration are greener, thicker, and healthier than lawns that experience spike aeration. Core aerators do a far better job of punching through thatch, which is another barrier for water and nutrients to reach down into the soil. Thatch develops as grass clippings, leaves, and other debris build up on the soil surface. Between de-thatching, core aeration can help prevent thatch from insulating grass roots from water and nutrients.
Another important benefit of core aeration is that it reduces runoff by increasing water absorption. If you have ever noticed streams of water running off your grass when the sprinklers are running, you already know that you’re wasting water. The solution could be as easy as having your lawn treated with a core aerator.
Yet another benefit to core aeration is that it will make your grass more heat and drought resistant. That’s because when your grass is watered, it will have an easier time accessing more of that moisture when the soil is properly aerated. Turf that normally receives adequate water deals with heat and future dry spells better. It also makes the grass more resistant to diseases and pests.
Kemko Lawn and Shrub knows Atlanta’s turf types inside and out. We use only the finest core aerators for our satisfied clients. Have questions about professional lawn maintenance companies? Click to see if it’s on our FAQ list.