Over time your lawn's soil becomes compacted. Many things can speed up this process in your lawn: children playing, pets, cars parking or driving on the lawn just to name a few. As this compaction occurs, the root system is being slowly starved because there is less and less room in the soil's profile for oxygen, nutrients and water.
Core aeration is not simply poking a hole in the ground (such as "spike shoes" do). If all you were to do is poke a hole in the ground the area around the hole has now become even more compacted in order to make room for the hole. When we "core aerate" we are mechanically pulling small cores or plugs from 1/2” to 3/4” in diameter from the turf and depositing them on top of the turf. Core aeration can be especially beneficial to reduce compaction in heavy clay soils like we have in the Memphis area. It can also help break-up excessive thatch layers that can be detrimental to the health of your turf.
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