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Improve Turf Health
One significant advantage of lawn aeration is that it helps improve your grass’s overall health.
Usually, all new lawns require basic maintenance, such as mowing, irrigation, lawn fertilization, core aeration, and minimal weed control.
However, with time, turf areas age causing a change in growth patterns. The roots from maturing trees start to infringe on lawn areas, competing for nutrients.
Lawn aeration helps counter these adverse effects and improves turf health and appearance by enabling the root zone to better access air, water, and nutrients. With our services, the result is more extensive turfgrass roots, meaning a beautiful, lush lawn.
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Reduce Thatch Buildup
Thatch is the layer of decomposing turf grass roots and stems accumulated on the soil line beneath the grass, building up to form a thick layer. Unfortunately, Kentucky bluegrass, common in Toronto, is notorious for developing thatch fast.
Naturally, thatch should break down completely like leaves in a compost pile, but poor drainage conditions inhibit the microorganisms that aid the decomposition process.
Reducing buildup is vital for your lawn because when the thatch exceeds a thickness of ½ inch, it works like compaction, hindering the flow of much-needed air, water, and nutrients.
In addition, grass growing under such conditions is forced to take root in the thatch instead of the soil, making it more susceptible to the summer heat. Eventually, your lawn gets robbed of its green and lushness.
Our aeration services provide a solution for that buildup. We remove soil plugs, which allows better water flow, oxygen, and nutrients to the soil. This also facilitates thatch breakdown process by introducing microorganisms that promote the decomposition of the thatch layer.
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Free Soil From Compaction
For your front lawn to grow thick and strong, the roots need sufficient air, water, and nutrients. Compacted soil – no matter how little – prevents these essentials from reaching your lawn’s root system, resulting in thinning or dead spots.
Interestingly, compaction occurs much easier than you can imagine. Besides the more obvious offenders – vehicles and equipment driven on lawns, the impact of playing kids, and digging pets in your yard leave a section or your entire lawn compacted.
Some grass types are also more susceptible to traffic. For example, Kentucky bluegrass, which homeowners prefer in Toronto for its beautiful dark blue-green colour and its ability to thrive in cooler temperatures, is more sensitive to high traffic.
Aeration relieves soil compaction by removing cores to decrease the soil density, enabling essentials to reach the root system. We can put your turf back on an upward trend, resulting in a lush lawn.
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Winterize the Lawn
An excellent way to winterize your lawn is to aerate it before fall fertilization. This is where we can help.
For cool-season grasses found in Toronto, such as Kentucky bluegrass, fescue, bent, and perennial rye, fall is the best time to winterize. That’s because during the fall and winter seasons that grass rests and rejuvenates after the stressful heat and dryness of summer, just enough before the first winter frost arrives.
During the fall and winter, grass blades (leaves) rest from growing, and this growing energy is transferred to the roots, strengthening the root system.
By aerating your lawn before you fertilize it, you help it breathe and soak up nutrients more effectively, readying it for winter. Your lawn will stay in tip-top shape.
Everything About Lawn Aeration in Toronto
The following are some frequently asked questions about lawn aeration in Toronto
When and how often should I aerate my lawn?
When it comes to aeration, it’s crucial to get the timing right because, as beneficial as it is for lawns, it can stress grass if timed wrong. Both spring and fall seasons are times for lawn aeration in Toronto. Spring aeration is done from March to May, while fall core aeration occurs in early fall, typically mid-August to late November.
That said, the fall is ideal because it coincides perfectly with the active growth period in the fall. As lawn care experts, we customize our aeration schedule according to your lawn’s soil, grass type, and weather conditions, freeing you from concerning yourself with a lawn care schedule.
It’s important to bear in mind that the soil should be moist. If the soil is too dry, the tines can’t penetrate the soil. Therefore, it’s necessary to water the lawn a few days before aerating under such conditions. On the other hand, if the soil is too wet, the soil plugs will get stuck inside the tines.
Concerning how often you should aerate your lawn, yearly core aeration is best to minimize thatch. However, if your lawn is not compacted and the thatch is less than ½ inch thick, then yearly core aeration is not necessary. That’s because it’s during the fall and winter seasons that grass rests and rejuvenates after the stressful heat and dryness of summer, just enough before the first winter frost arrives.
During the fall and winter, grass blades (leaves) rest from growing, and this growing energy is transferred to the roots, strengthening the root system. By aerating your lawn before you fertilize it, you help it breathe and soak up nutrients more effectively, readying it for winter. Your lawn will stay in tip-top shape.
How do I aerate my lawn?
Lawn aeration in Toronto is done using three main types of equipment:
Spike aeration involves using a spike-like tine to poke a hole in the soil. Another way to aerate with spike aerators is to strap spiked aerator “sandals” to your shoes while working in your yard. The problem with spike machines is they can make compaction worse by pressing together the soil around the holes.
In this aeration method, rotating blades slice through grass and down into the soil. And unlike spike aerators, slice aerators don’t cause more compaction.
Core or Plug Aerators
Core or plug aeration is the preferred method by lawn professionals. Rows of hollow tines are used to remove soil plugs and deposit them on top of the soil, which is okay because they eventually break down, supplying useful microorganisms.
The easiest way to get this done is to hire a professional.
What do I do after aerating my lawn?
After aerating your lawn, allow the soil plugs to dry where they fall. The next time you mow, they’ll crumble or break down in the rain, adding organic matter that is beneficial to your lawn.
After aeration, it’s also a perfect time to fertilize or overseed. The openings created by aeration make it easier for nutrients, air, and water to reach the turfgrass roots, ensuring the seeds thrive and put your lawn on the fast track for thicker, lusher growth.
Something else to remember to do after aerating your lawn is to add this activity to your annual property maintenance to-do tasks and ensure you contact us to perform lawn density tests regularly so that you know when you need to aerate. This will help you achieve a lawn everyone will admire.