Core aeration is removal of cores of soil from existing lawns. Aerating a lawn is similar to cultivating a garden or flower bed. Cores of soil, approximately 5/8 inch in diameter and 2 to 4 inches longs, are pulled from the soil by a core aeration machine. The cores are allowed to remain on top of the lawn. The soil disintegrates, topdressing the lawn with soil. Benefits of core aeration are:
1. Removal of soil cores increases penetration of water, air, and nutrients into the soil.
2. Loosening the soil encourages root growth.
3. Soil fungi and bacteria are released when the soil disintegrates. These organisms help degrade thatch.
4. Over seeding can follow core aeration if there is a need to seed an existing lawn. Core aeration will not solve extremely severe thatch buildup. However, aeration is an annual maintenance practice which will help maintain the overall health and vigor of the lawn
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