Why Aerate?  
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Over time a normal lawn will compact itself. A compact ground not only tends to cause thatch build up but also greatly reduces the amount of air and nutrients that enter the ground.

With less nutrients to feed on and a harder ground to break into, grass roots can't grow and often the grass itself turns into an ugly brownish-yellow color ultimately provoking thinning of the grass .

Compaction is not only provoked from walking and mowing on your lawn, but also by rain and irrigation. Compaction occurs primarily in the 1" to 1-1/2" of the soil surface.
Aeration can prevent or solve compaction and thatch build up. By using an aerator the straight knives of the machine create slits in the soil, allowing a better passage of air, water and nutrients while leaving minimum damage on the ground surface.

The slits created by the aerator blades will become invisible to the eye within 10-12 days but the ground will have regained the needed nutrients allowing for the grass roots to grow stronger and deeper.

The aeration process will leave plugs of thatch and soil on the lawn but these will decompose in a few weeks. Mow and water your lawn normally.

  When to Aerate?: Aeration should be done one or two times per year depending on the condition of your lawn. The spring and fall seasons are probably the best times to aerate your lawn.  

We recommend Overseeding after aeration or dethatching because the cleaned or aerated soil is now ready to accept the growth of the new seeds and it's very effective.  (Overseeding is the process with which you thicken the existing turf with new seeds.)


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