What Is Aeration & Why Your Lawn Needs It


Your lawn needs many services to stay healthy, including regular fertilization and weed control treatments to make sure it gets the right nutrients and has the strength to fend off weed invasions.

But those nutrients don’t need to just reach the grass. They need to be able to get down into the soil as well, so that the roots can soak up all of the benefits. In order for this to happen, you need soil that doesn’t have built-up thatch blocking that access. This is done through a process known as core aeration.

If you’re a homeowner or business owner in Cheektowaga, Lancaster, West Seneca, or surrounding New York areas, read to learn more about this much-needed practice and how your lawn benefits from aeration.

What Exactly Is Core Aeration & What Does it Do?

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Core aeration involves using an aerator machine to punch small holes into your lawn. This process gives light, air, water, and nutrients the chance to reach further into the soil and down to the roots of your grass. By performing aeration, you give your lawn roots the chance to grow a deeper foundation and create an overall stronger lawn.

Aeration also helps to alleviate compacted soil and thatch build-up. Compacted soil is a big problem when it comes to lawn health. When soil is compacted, it means that it’s been packed down too tightly and doesn’t allow for nutrients to break through. Thatch is when organic lawn debris builds up on top of your soil and blocks it.

As the core aerator passes over your lawn, it will leave behind plugs of your lawn as it creates the holes needed for the nutrients to pass through. Those plugs can be left on your lawn and then taken away over time by mowing or raking.

How To Tell When Your Lawn Needs Aeration

Your lawn more than likely requires aeration if it fits into these categories:

  • Your home or business is in a newly-constructed area: When new construction happens, the soil is often compacted by the heavy-duty construction equipment required to build.
  • Your lawn sees heavy foot traffic: Soil at your home can also be compacted from children and pets running around and playing. Area parks or sports fields also can see compacted soil.
  • Your lawn dries out quickly: If you notice that your lawn doesn’t stay very moist after a rainfall or after it’s watered, it could have thatch build-up. Your lawn will also probably feel spongy if this is the case.

At Buffalo Lawn & Pest Services, we recommend that your lawn be aerated once a year to maximize the benefits of this service.

What Happens If You Don’t Aerate Your Lawn

Some may think that they can get away with not performing this crucial service, but there will be detrimental effects to your lawn without aeration. Grass will grow unevenly since nutrients, light, air, and water can’t flow freely. You may also see your grass lose its green color, and it won’t be as strong, which means there’s a greater risk of succumbing to fungal diseases or insect infestations.

Schedule your lawn aeration appointment today!

At Buffalo Lawn & Pest Services, we’ve been aerating lawns across the New York areas of Cheektowaga, Lancaster, and West Seneca for more than 30 years. We have the expertise and knowledge needed to ensure your lawn stays looking healthy and beautiful. Check out our aeration and seeding services or give us a call at 716-916-2067 to set up a consultation.

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