If you want a healthy, lush lawn, it sometimes isn’t enough to simply mow, water and fertilize your lawn. If you have compact soil – and most of us do – your efforts may be going to waste due to lack of proper absorption.
Let Your Lawn Breathe.
Make the most of your lawn care maintenance routine with core aeration! Aeration involves perforation of small holes in the soil to allow deep penetration of fertilizer, nutrients, water, sunlight and oxygen.
If you’ve got compact soil and areas that are thinning, Maggio recommends an Aeration & Overseeding treatment which involves laying grass seed immediately after aeration to promote new grass growth. For severe cases, combine with Topdressing for that extra boost!
How Your Lawn Becomes Compact
- Clay soil
- Heavy foot traffic
- Children playing on the lawn
- Animals running in the yard
- Parking cars on the lawn
Signs Your Soil May Need Aeration
- Water pools or runs after watering or rainfall
- Your lawn is brown due to lack of absorption
- The ground is hard and difficult to dig
- Your lawn has thick thatch
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is thatch?
Thatch is the layer immediately below the green of your grass made up of the roots, stems and other organic matter. It can get too thick for number of reasons including poor aeration, too much water and too much nitrogen.
Why is thick thatch bad?
Too much thatch will act like a barrier between your grass and the soil blocking it from absorbing nutrients, oxygen, water and sunlight.
How do I know if I have clay soil?
It could be clay soil if:
- it has a grey or red hue instead of dark brown
- water doesn’t absorb but instead puddles
- it cracks in dry weather
Try a squeeze test: wet a bit of soil and squeeze it. Does it keep its shape if you poke it? If yes, it’s likely clay soil.
Can I walk on my grass right away after aeration?
Yes! It is safe for pets and family immediately after service.
*Do not remove the cores from your lawn as they play an essential role in the aeration process*
How often will I need to water after the application?
You’ll need to water your lawn for 20 minutes per area, 3x per week.
When is the best time to aerate my lawn?
The best time to aerate is in the fall. Soggy spring conditions risk damaging your lawn or even compacting your soil. We recommend fall aeration to help prepare your lawn to survive the harsh winter weather. Deep penetration of oxygen and nutrients will promote a healthy root system which allows your grass to withstand stressful conditions.
How much does it cost?
Each property is unique, so depending on the square footage of your lawn, and if you’re adding Overseeing or Topdressing the price will vary. We recommend getting a free no-obligation quote.