Lawn Aeration Calgary & Surrounding Areas Performed By Experienced Professionals
What is Lawn Aeration also known as Lawn 'Core' Aeration?
Lawn Core Aeration is the best type of Aeration. It removes soil 'cores' from your lawn to create air gaps, which gives your lawn's roots better access and better retention of oxygen, water & vital nutrients.
Like all living things your lawn needs oxygen not only to survive, but also thrive. Core aerating opens up compact soil to allow more oxygen, water, and nutrients to access the grass roots of your lawn which is critical for a plush, healthy yard. It also helps combat excess thatch — which is the layer between your soil and crown of your grass — by activating the microorganisms in the soil that help decompose it. Unchecked or excessive thatch can prevent a lawn from reaching its full potential by restricting the oxygen, water, and nutrients from penetrating the soil. We then overseed and fertilize your lawn immediately after aerating it for maximum results.
Warning: Avoid aerators that cut the soil or push in the soil as they tend to compact the soil rather than aerate it.
How Much Does it Cost to Aerate My Lawn?
Small, Medium or Large Yard?
A small yard of 1,200 sq. ft. or less is approximately $60
A medium yard of 2,000 sq. ft. is approximately $80
A large yard of 3,000 sq. ft. is approximately $100
When Should I Aerate My Lawn?
To achieve the optimal result, you should aerate your lawn when it’s actively growing in the spring & fall so it can heal and fill in the open areas, helping it become thicker & balanced.
With Calgary and its surrounding areas having a dry, arid climate it’s recommended you aerate your lawn twice a year. Doing so will not only enhance turf growth and health, but also prepare your lawn for winter. The lawns in our area usually experience drought conditions over the summertime, which dries out lawns and makes soil more compact. As we already know, compact soil chokes your lawn from receiving the oxygen, water, and nutrients it needs and leads to excess thatch which further exacerbates the problem. By aerating in the fall about four weeks before the first frost you can pull up some of that thatch and let your lawn breathe again. It will also allow the winter moisture to seep further into your lawn’s root system helping it regenerate faster come next spring.
How do I Know if My Lawn Needs to be Aerated?
There are a number of different factors to think about when considering whether or not you should aerate your lawn.
A good way to tell if your lawn needs aeration is by digging into it. A core sample that reaches a depth of at least six inches should give you all the info you need. If your grass roots only reach down an inch or two then your soil is most likely compacted, and your lawn is a good candidate for aeration. If your lawn is heavily used with lots of people or pets running around on it that can cause soil to become compacted as well, so aerating would be a good idea. Lawns with thatch of more than half an inch could benefit from aeration, as too could lawns whose soil is comprised of heavy clay. It is not recommended to aerate lawns that have been newly seeded or sodded within their first year as the grass has not had enough time to take hold.