Lawn Aeration

 

Welcome to EcoScapes lawn aeration service, serving residential and commercial clients throughout Omaha, Elkhorn, Gretna, Bennington and Waterloo.

 

Aeration is important to maintaining a healthy lawn. Next to fertilizing your turf on a regular basis, aeration is the most beneficial lawn service you can do to improve the overall health of your lawn. For many homeowners, aerating their lawns to relieve soil compaction and enhance grass growth is a regular annual task. Almost every lawn in Nebraska can benefit from aeration when it’s timed well and done properly.

 

Heavy clay soils such as found in Eastern Nebraska, become very compacted over time. Clay soil particles are small and tightly packed with little space for water, air, and root movement. We’ve all felt this kind of “hard” soil underfoot, and turf grass has a tough time growing deep roots when it has to fight so hard for room to grow. Core aeration services allow the soil to “relax”, or expand, which means roots can penetrate deeper and further. Over time, this results in soil that is softer and more open. Lawn aeration or core aeration, is one of the best things you can do to improve the overall health of your lawn.

Grass roots need a combination of air, water, and nutrients to grow thick, deep and strong. When soil becomes compacted, even slightly, it restricts the flow of the essentials that support thicker, healthier turf growth. A layer of compacted soil just 1/4 to 1/2 inches thick can make a significant difference in the health and beauty of your lawn. Lawn aeration creates holes down into the soil to alleviate compaction so air, water and nutrients can reach grass roots.

 

Aerating your lawn provides many benefits including:

 

  • Releases gases from the soil and letting oxygen in.
  • Increases the amount of water absorbed by the soil.
  • Stimulates new root growth.
  • Helps control harmful thatch buildup.
  • Allows nutrients to be absorbed faster and directly at the root.
  • Relieves soil compaction caused by traffic and equipment.
  • Reduces water runoff on slopes and hills.

Overseed

 

Low fertility, combined with summer stresses, diseases and compaction dampens the ability of turf grass to naturally ‘fill-in’ or thicken your lawn. These stresses create many bare areas, some very small and some quite large. The overseeding process thickens the lawn by placing new seed, and ultimately new grass plants, into these bare areas.

 

Overseeding right after aeration gives the best seed to soil contact, helps hold the seed in place, and also helps to provide a moist environment for the seed to germinate. We recommend aerating and overseeding during the fall for best possible results!

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Fallen leaves can potentially smother the new grass so you’ll want to make sure they are cleaned up. Leaves can prevent oxygen and sunlight from reaching the new turf so you may want to consider a fall cleanup to remedy the issue. You can 

 

Aeration and overseeding are just two of the many highly beneficial lawn services that we provide to help maintain the healthy, thick appearance of your lawn. We also recommend a fall clean up during this time of year as leaves can prevent oxygen and sunlight from reaching the newly planted grass seed. Contact us today to learn more about our Lawn Aeration and Overseed services as well as our lawn mowing service.

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Lawn Aeration FAQ’s

HOW MUCH DOES LAWN AERATION COST?

Annual lawn aeration encourages grass to develop strong, healthy roots by increasing access to air, water, and nutrients. Ranging from $60 to $100 plus, with a national average of around $129. Lawn aeration is a cost-effective way to ensure a lush, healthy lawn. More information: How Much Does Lawn Aeration Cost in Nebraska?

SHOULD YOU SEED RIGHT AFTER AERATING LAWN?

You should over seed, fertilize, and water your lawn within 48 hours of aerating it. If seed, fertilizer, and water are added soon after aeration, they will have the best chance of getting down into the holes created by the aerator. Your grass seed will not germinate properly if the fertilizer contains weed control.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD A YARD BE AERATED?

On most lawns, aeration should be done at least once a year. Aeration should be done twice a year on lawns with compacted soil or soil with a high clay content.

SHOULD YOU REMOVE CORES AFTER AERATING?

While it is unsightly, it is necessary to avoid raking the cores out of the topsoil and completely removing them from the lawn. Through removing the plugs, you are essentially preventing them from supplying vital nutrients and microorganisms to the soil below. The cores gradually work their way back into the lawn as they dry.

IS IT BETTER TO AERATE YOUR LAWN IN THE FALL OR SPRING?

It might be necessary to aerate the soil in the spring if the soil is so compacted that established grass cannot expand. However, the best time to aerate is in the fall, when the weather has cooled, weed pressure is low, and the grass is actively growing.

WHICH IS BETTER A SPIKE OR PLUG AERATOR?

While the strong tines used on spike aerators compact the clay soil more as they dig into the turf, plug aerators are typically more effective at relieving compaction in lawns with heavy clay soil. Soils that crumble quickly tend to be high in loam and sand, which benefit from the use of a spike aerator more.

Aeration has Many Benefits for Your Lawn

 

Your Omaha lawn will benefit from aeration in a variety of ways.

Maintaining your lawn can be a strenuous job because it necessitates year-round attention. Mowing, fertilizing, and irrigation are only a few of the items that need to be done on a regular basis.

Clay-based soil is found under the bulk of lawns in Omaha, Elkhorn and Gretna. They can hold a lot of water and are also fertile, but they can cause problems. Clay does not absorb water well to begin with, and it becomes much less absorbent as it dries.

One of the advantages of core aeration is that it can help with drainage issues in hard, dry clay soil.

 

What is Core Aeration?

Core aeration is the process of digging small holes in the lawn with a machine called an aerator. The holes are cylindrical cores in shape and range in depth from 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 inches.

Because of the climate in Nebraska, lawn aerating is usually done in the fall. One explanation is that the summers are hot and dry, making the soil dry and hard. Summers in Nebraska are also very taxing on your lawn, so we try to avoid adding any more tension at this time of year.

 

Advantages of Aerating Your Lawn

If you live in Douglas County or Sarpy County in Nebraska, it is recommended that you aerate your lawn at least once a year for the best performance, as aeration has a variety of advantages.

Aeration, for example, allows the soil to relax and reduces compaction. This ensures that the soil absorbs more water and nutrients, allowing the roots to grow deeper and stronger. This is important because high-quality grass cannot germinate in compacted, hard soil.

Another benefit of core aeration is that it aids in the reduction of thatch, or accumulated grass clippings. Thatch is described as an excess of grass clippings on the surface with roots beneath it.

When thatch builds up and suffocates the grass, it invites bugs and pests to wreak havoc, as they flourish when there is too much thatching.

Furthermore, it is important to look beyond the surface while caring for your lawn. The soil is the lifeblood of the roots, and the roots are the lifeblood of the turf. Aeration significantly improves the condition of both the soil and the roots. More air, water, and nutrients can reach the roots and penetrate deeper into the soil as a result of this annual process.

Another factor aeration is highly recommended is the cylindrical holes created by the operation. The holes are suitable for over seeding because they provide an ideal environment for seed to germinate. The seeds are kept in place inside the holes, preventing runoff and improving moisture retention. As a result, the lawn will have more germination, which will lead to lush, green grass.

Aerating also helps by loosening the soil and reducing the chance of run-off. Compaction is greatly decreased as a result of the use of mowers and day-to-day activities. Allowing water to percolate into the soil reduces puddling and, as a result, runoff.

Finally, if core aeration is done on a regular basis, lawns are more drought resistant.

The advantages mentioned above demonstrate why lawn aeration is needed in Nebraska and why you should employ a top-rated lawn care company to complete the task.

Looking for the Best Lawn Aeration Service in Nebraska?

 

If you’ve been looking for the best lawn aeration near me for your lawn, then you have found it. EcoScapes is Nebraska’s #1 eco-friendly lawn service providing lawn aeration services throughout Omaha, Elkhorn, Gretna, Bennington and Waterloo

 

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