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Aerating Information:

It’s a fact that aeration is one of the best things you can do for your lawn. Late summer and/or early fall is the optimum time to do it. Compacted soil and heavy thatch are two biggest obstacles to a beautiful lawn. They tend to suffocate grass plants by preventing air, water and nutrients from reaching the root zone. Lawns with compacted soil tend not to perform at optimum levels and take longer intervals to recover from adverse weather conditions. A lawn with excessive thatch is more susceptible to diseases such as Brown Patch and Fusarium Blight.

We offer a core aeration program to help. Aeration is accomplished through the use of a machine equipped with cylinder like times designed to penetrate and shatter the soil. Cores of thatch, soil and grass are actually pulled out of the ground during the process. The plunging action of the tines opens up the soil, allows grass plants to breathe, permits better utilization of fertilizer, air and water and promotes a deeper, healthier root system.

Other benefits of aeration:

  • Increases air, water and nutrient movement to the root zone

  • Intensifies decomposition of thatch

  • Helps reduce soil compaction

  • Stimulates new growth

  • Improves soil drainage

  • Provides a better environment for over seeding

  • Increases the effectiveness of fertilization and other lawn care products

  • Our aeration services are available all year, so call the office to schedule your lawn.

This information comes to you courtesy of John Deere Landscapes

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Thatch is a layer of dead plant material such as roots, grass and leaves that forms near the surface of soil. In healthy lawns, organisms such as bacteria, fungi, worms and insects dethatch soil naturally, according to website However, excessive lawn treatment, such as pesticide use, can cause thatch to build up. Several dethatching methods-such as core aeration and raking are available, allowing you to encourage root growth, increase the efficiency of fertilizer, increase soil drainage and help protect your lawn from future problems.

Root Growth – One of the most harmful effects of thatch buildup is that it strangles new plant growth, making your ideal, lush green lawn impossible to obtain. According to turfgrass seed company DLF, dethatching helps circulate air down into roots, bringing essential carbon dioxide (CO2). This encourages the growth of existing roots and also helps stimulate new root growth.

Fertilizer Efficiency – Thatch buildup can prevent fertilizers from mixing properly with surrounding and underlying soil. This is because the dead plant materials making up thatch form a layer near the surface of the soil, which if thick enough can be nearly impenetrable. It is advised that dethatching will help make your fertilizing more effective by removing this thatch barrier and allowing your fertilizer to spread.

Soil Drainage – Thatch buildup can be a barrier not just against fertilizer, but also against water. In a healthy lawn, water will only remain on your lawn temporarily, and will eventually be soaked up by the soil. Thatch buildup prevents this from happening, keeping water at the surface for longer periods and over-saturated plants. Dethatching helps improve soil drainage by creating seams in the thatch layer, allowing water to seep naturally into the ground, according to

Prevents Lawn Problems – The longer you let thatch build up in your yard, the harder it will be to dethatch, and your lawn damage will grow more and more severe. Dethatching your lawn is a good way to protect against future lawn problems, such as disease and insect infestations. Also, according to, dethatching helps protect your lawn from succumbing to summer droughts and becoming arid. This is because the increased soil drainage associated with dethatching allows water to circulate down into your lawn and prevents it from evaporating at the surface.

Read more: Benefits of Dethatching | eHow.com