“Core aeration is one of the most important and vital components to any turf care plan. With the clay soils that we have in San Diego County, soil compaction and thatch build up are the primary obstacles keeping nutrients, water and oxygen from reaching the root zone. Core aeration opens up compacted soils thereby promoting a healthy root zone.” -John
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- $60.00 for most front lawns (up to 1000 sq feet)
- $90.00 for front and back lawns (up to 2000 sq feet)
- For front lawns larger than 1,000 sq. ft. and front and back lawns larger than 2000 sq. ft. there is an additional charge of $15.00 for each additional 1,000 square feet.
- All aerations include a fertilizer application.
Q: What is Core Aeration?
A: In simplest terms, it is the process of making finger sized holes in your lawn and depositing the removed material on the surface to break down. This allows fertilizer, water and oxygen to get to the roots where healthy grass originates.
Q: How do I know if my yard needs aeration?
A: Known clay soils, heavy traffic, more than 1/2″ layer of thatch, standing water after irrigation or rain, or lawns that brown easily in heat are all excellent candidates for core aeration. In reality, any yard, healthy or not, can benefit from annual aeration.
Q: How often should my lawn be aerated?
A: In areas where the soil has a high clay content and compaction and thatch buildup is more prevalent, core aeration should be done twice a year. In areas of more sandy or loamy soils, annual aeration will result in continued healthy lawns and improved irrigation and fertilizing efficiency.
Q: When will I see positive results in my lawn?
A: Depending on the turf conditions, your visual results may or may not be immediate from a single core aeration. Subterranean
root growth and overall health and stress tolerance will, however, begin to improve almost at once. Even in the toughest conditions, core aeration in combination with an appropriate fertilizing, irrigation, and a weed control program will show dramatic visual results in the second year after a second or third aeration.
Q: Is aeration a one-time fix that can be discontinued when my lawn has improved?
A: No. Core aeration needs to be a continual part of your lawn care plan just like fertilizing, weed and pest control, irrigation, and mowing. In some cases aeration can be reduced from twice a year to once a year after a couple of seasons.
Q: How deep and how many cores are required for effective core aeration?
A: Generally, cores every 4″- 6″ and from 2″- 3″ deep will give best results. It is commonly accepted that the deeper and the closer together the better. The cores left in the yard will usually be about 5/8″ in diameter.
Q: How long will it take for the cores left in my lawn to
A: Depending on weather, soil conditions, watering, and mowing frequency, the cores will break down and disappear in about two weeks. This process will add nutrients to your lawn. Raking up the cores reduces aeration effectiveness.
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