Lawn Aeration Calgary and Edmonton
Everybody wants a healthier lawn with thick green grass as far as the eye can see – or at least to the edge of your property line.
Reduces drought stress during warm summer days by getting moisture to the root zone and growing deeper roots.
Too much thatch can choke a lawn out by not giving it enough air.
Lawn aeration is one of the best things you can do for your healthy lawn a couple of times a year.
Our team at Yardworx can help you create the lawn of your dreams with our simple and effective lawn aeration process.
Develop a Healthier Lawn with Lawn Core Aeration
Lawn aeration is vital to help a lawn to become thicker and healthier, more drought and weed resistant.
Core aeration is an excellent way to ensure the health of a lawn and can be done at any time in Spring, Summer, or Fall. (For example, Golf courses aerate up to 4 times a year).
Aerators can easily damage irrigation heads, so it is important to get irrigation heads marked prior to aerating.
What Is Lawn Aeration?
As the name implies, lawn aeration helps to aerate your lawn.
Grassroots need oxygen and water to grow and thrive, but when your soil becomes too compacted, roots don’t get enough of either.
Ideally, the soil should be just 50% solid dirt, with the remaining composition 25% water and 25% air. If your soil is more compact than this, it makes it difficult for your grass to grow.
To get more oxygen and water into the soil, it needs to be aerated. This is done by removing small plugs of soil from across the lawn.
This leaves small holes, approximately 6 cm deep and 1.5 cm wide, in the soil. These holes allow water, oxygen, and nutrients to better reach the grass roots.
By doing this, it creates deeper and healthier roots, which helps your grass to grow thicker and stronger.
Lawn aeration service can be done anytime throughout the summer season.
Yardworx Lawn Core Aeration Process
Our lawn core aeration process at Yardworx is the most efficient and effective way to improve water and oxygen flow to your lawn.
Our expert crew uses a specialized machine to aerate your entire lawn area.
Some Preparation Steps Before Aerating:
- It is best to aerate when the soil is moist, but not wet. This means that we will have to wait until the soil has somewhat dried after heavy rainfalls. This will prevent the soil cores from sticking in the hollow tines.
- You should water your lawn thoroughly two days prior to your aeration appointment. This will help the tines go deeper into the soil and the soil cores can also easily fall off the tines.
- We do not recommend aeration for soil that has stones, rocks or tree roots right beneath the surface.
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Do You Need to Aerate Your Lawn?
Every lawn can benefit from core aeration.
To check to see if your lawn needs to be aerated, you can take a core sample of your lawn that is about 6 inches deep.
If you notice that the grass roots only grow in the first 1 to 2 inches, this might be an indication that your soil is too compacted.
The best time to aerate a lawn in Alberta is between May and June, and again in the fall.
This is because we have a long winter here in Calgary and Edmonton, it is best to wait for the lawn to thaw completely and no longer experience winter freezing to determine if it needs aeration.
In particular, you need to aerate if your yard:
- Contains heavy clay soils
- Is overrun with weeds
- Has excessive puddling and water runoff
- Has thin and sparse grass coverage
- Has excessive thatch buildup
How Core Aeration Helps Your Lawn
Core aeration has multiple benefits for your yard, including:
- Reduces soil compaction
- Improves oxygen exchange with grass roots
- Stimulates new grass growth
- Improves drought resistance
- Improves the flow of water to grass roots
- Reduces water puddling
- Improves the effectiveness of fertilizer and other nutrients
- Improves weed resistance
- Breaks up dead thatch and reduces layering
- Improves the cushioning and resilience of turf