Aeration is an important annual service for warm-season turf type grasses such as Bermuda, Zoysia and St. Augustine grass. Golf courses and athletic fields may aerate several times per year, but for most residential yards, aerating once per year is sufficient.
Aeration is the mechanical process of removing thousands of “plugs” from your yard. These plugs are about the size of a wine cork. A large machine similar to a lawn mower performs this process; however, these machines are much heavier and more difficult to maneuver than mowers.
The process of aerating your lawn has several benefits.
Reasons to Aerate
Here are 3 reasons you should consider aerating your lawn:
- De-compacts the soil, allowing roots to grow deeper and therefore improving survivability during times of drought.
- Allows water and fertilizers to better penetrate into the soil.
- Helps remove thatch (straw, reeds, palm leaves, or a similar material).
The most overlooked benefit of aeration is root splicing. Zoysia and Bermuda are spreading grasses and when plugs are pulled, roots are cut. When these surface roots (called Stolons) are cut, they will spread in multiple directions, resulting in a thicker, healthier lawn.
Turf Masters performs our famous “Double Pass” aeration, ensuring every square foot of your lawn is aerated. Our own trained and insured employees perform the aeration services using commercial grade aerators that we own and maintain.
For more information regarding aeration or you would like a quote for your lawn, let us know!