As part of your complete lawn-care development, Mike’s Landscaping recommends to perform an Aeration and Dethatching service to your lawn.
What are they?
Thatching, often called “Dethatching”, is the process of removing the excess amounts of un-decomposed stems and roots to expose more soil.
Aeration is the process of perforating the soil with small plugs to allow for increased penetration of airflow, water, and nutrients.
According to Home Advisor, “If the lawn has excessive thatch (organic layers of dead shoots and roots that develop between a lawn’s surface of soil and the green vegetation area), aerating may be a good option. If thatch is excessive the lawn may dry out easily. This can be tested by going underneath the lawn about 5 inches and checking on the thatch layer. If the layer of thatch is a half inch or more, it is recommended that aeration be taken into consideration.”
When should they be done?
Spring & Fall are the best times to perform stressful procedures such as Aeration and Dethatching simply because of the moderate temperatures provided by these seasons.
Why should they be done?
Controlling the buildup of thatch is one of the most overlooked mistakes that most homeowners make. Thatch is found at the top of your lawn. No more than ¼ to ½ inch of it should be present in your lawn at any time as excessive thatch can prohibit water, nutrients, and airflow to penetrate the soil. Although Aeration helps manage minor thatching issues, proper core aeration’s primary benefits are the development of the turf’s rhizomes; increased airflow, water, and nutrients. Over time, the turf soil can become compact and is restrictive turf health. Aeration softens the ground and allows the roots to grow deeper thus producing a stronger, more vigorous lawn.
How should they be done?
Both Dethatching and Aeration can be performed using mechanized or simple handheld tools such as a core aerator or a thatching rake. Thatching, if done properly to a lawn truly in need, will produce a good amount of grass tissue that will need to be raked up and disposed of. Core aeration will produce small plugs that should be 2-4 inches in length. Unlike the debris from the thatching process, these plugs should be left in the turf to decompose in most cases.
Your Landscape professional will be able to provide these services with quality and professional equipment during the proper season. Feel free to fill out a Contact Form or call our office if you would like to begin your next steps to a healthier lawn.