Don’t worry if your lawn looks pretty torn apart after you’ve removed the thatch, as it will recover quickly when your new grass grows. Technically speaking, is the naturally occurring process of air exchange between the soil and its surrounding atmosphere. Practically speaking, aeration is the process of mechanically removing small plugs of thatch and soil from the lawn to improve natural soil aeration. It’s commonly called “core aeration” in the lawn service industry, and you may have heard of it as soil cultivation . Over time the soil that the lawn grows on can become compacted due to a number of reasons such as use for sports, walking, vehicles, parking and children playing. This soil compaction can have a negative effect on your lawn.
These results of soil compaction are damaging to a lawns health. For many homeowners, aerating lawns to relieve soil compaction and enhance grass growth is a regular annual task. Almost any lawn can benefit from when it’s timed well and done properly. Spike aeration involves the use of an aeration machine with spikes up to a foot or more in length.