For many landscaping services, it can be difficult to describe exactly how it benefits your property. Many of the benefits are purely aesthetic and fall into the category of personal preference. This is simply not the case when it comes to lawn care, as most lawn care services are primed to enable the healthier growth of your turf. Creating a greener lawn is exactly what every property owner wants. Commercial property managers want to draw in new business with lush turf, and residential homeowners want to maintain property value for future sales. One such lawn care service that can make a big difference is core aeration. In this blog, we will explain what is core aeration and its benefits.

core aeration diagram

What is Core Aeration?

As the name would suggest, cores are an integral part of aeration. They are little pieces of soil that are pulled out, opening up the airflow. See, aeration is a solution to a common problem that Maryland property owners face. Soil compaction is the result of excessive foot traffic, frozen soil, or even thatch buildup. When this happens nutrients cannot travel freely to the roots of your turf, which can have a negative impact on their health. Your turf needs oxygen, sunlight, and water to grow and stay green, and compacted soil keeps them out. Aeration is the solution, as loosening the soil keeps your roots nutrient rich.

Benefits of Core Aeration

As was aforementioned the obvious benefits of aeration include loosening up the soil to free up nutrient intake, but that is not all. Not only will nutrients be able to better get in, but the holes created from core removal will also lead to them traveling deeper into the soil. In turn, this will lead roots to develop deeper into the soil, chasing the nutrients. Deeper root systems are almost always healthier and more developed long term. Aeration will also pull up thatch, which is dead grass compiled just over the top of your soil. It commonly causes identical problems as and in tandem with soil compaction. Additionally, aeration makes your turf more drought tolerant, as water is better able to store in your soil. Another benefit of the deep holes created is that new seeds will be able to germinate safer at a better rate. Overseeding is commonly performed right after aeration for this very reason. Last but not least, an aerated lawn will be healthier, which is the best defense against the many lawn predators that roam our area.

When Should Aeration Be Performed?

The best timing to aerate in Maryland actually depends on the type of grass your property possesses. Aeration should be performed when the grass is growing at a fast pace, so in the fall for cool-season turfgrasses, and late summer for warm-season. Many of our clients have cool-season varieties, so the time to aerate is coming up. Once a year is a great frequency to aerate, but twice a year does double the benefit.

Your landscaping is the first thing noticed by your visitors, friends, and customers. Let OakLawn Landscaping ensure that your first impressions are top-notch and have your guests in awe before they even reach the door. Visit our website, or contact us today at (301) 854-0684 for any of your landscaping needs, commercial or residential.


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