Over time, your lawn can become compacted. This occurs simply through everyday activities; back yard parties, children playing, dogs running around, and just enjoying your outdoor space. When a lawn becomes compacted, the space between the pores in the soil is drastically reduced. This space is what nutrients, water and oxygen use to make their way to the roots of your lawn.
Core Aeration is a simple process. It includes the use of a machine aerator that has a rotating drum with multiple hollow tines on it. These tines go deep into the soil pulling out "cores" or plugs of soil. With the removal of these plugs, it creates a clear channel for the nutrients, water and oxygen to again get to the roots of your lawn.
Have you ever noticed a layer of dead grass and leaves at the base of your lawn? That is what is called thatch. Having that layer of thatch at the base of your lawn inhibits the ability of water, oxygen and nutrients from being able to penetrate the soil and feed the roots. This can be detrimental to a lawn and not allow it to grow and flourish to it's full potential. This thatch layer can also house bacteria, disease and insects that can quickly destroy any beautiful yard.
Dethatching, also called power raking, uses a mechanical rake to lift the thatch layer out from the base of your lawn, giving the soil the ability to breathe and take nutrients again.
After the over-seeding process, or a patch job, proper care for your new seed is imperative to make sure that you get the best results possible!