You may be wondering how you can help your lawn reach its full potential this spring and beyond. If you live in Calgary, Airdrie, Chestermere, AB or a nearby area, the answer is simple: You need to aerate your lawn.

Aeration involves the removal of numerous, small soil pieces from your yard. This targets compacted soil and thatch, awakening your lawn before the summer. Aeration's many benefits include increased oxygen, water, and nutrient circulation in your soil, along with enhanced absorption, deeper root growth, and healthier grass that can handle whatever nature throws its way.

What is Aeration?

Our machine performing core aeration on a lawn in Alberta.

Aeration refers to the process of aerating your lawn. This entails using an electric machine or manual tool to poke hundreds of tiny holes in your yard and remove cylinder-shaped soil pieces, which are commonly called plugs. Professional lawn care companies typically use motorized aeration equipment to safely and efficiently perform this service.

Depending on the lawn, plugs are spaced 2 to 6 inches apart and measure between 1/2 to 3/4 inches in diameter and 1 to 6 inches deep. The plugs remain on your lawn after they are removed but assimilate back into the grass within a few weeks. While your lawn may look altered for a short period, the exceptional benefits of aeration are well worth it.

Aeration targets compacted soil and thatch.

In Calgary, AB, and surrounding areas, aeration is performed in the spring and fall to boost the health of your lawn. Let us explain why. Over time, soil becomes compacted and dense from heavy usage on the surface above and persistent wet conditions. Compacted soil is hard and prevents your grass from growing deep roots, in addition to restricting the circulation of oxygen, water, and nutrients. After a long, wet winter with plenty of snowfall, there is a good chance your soil is compacted and in need of assistance.

Aeration also combats the accumulation of thatch on your lawn. Thatch encompasses various forms of plant matter, such as lawn clippings and leaves, that create a barrier between your lawn and the underlying soil. Excess thatch buildup limits how much air and water penetrate your soil, hinders root growth, and heightens your turf's susceptibility to diseases. You don't want thatch holding your lawn back this spring.

Aeration's benefits include increased circulation, absorption, and root growth.

Aeration has many benefits, beginning with the improved circulation of oxygen, water, and nutrients in the soil. When you aerate your lawn, you create open channels for these key elements to flow through and infuse your lawn with new life. Your turf's roots absorb the influx of oxygen, water, and nutrients, stimulating deep growth in your soil. Deep roots lead to healthier, denser grass that makes your lawn look stunning and strengthens its resiliency.

Healthy grass is better equipped to fend off the diseases, insects, and weeds that threaten it throughout the year, particularly in the warm summer months. Turf with an established root system is also more resistant to heat and drought than turf with shallow roots, which is often found in compacted soil. Heading into the summer in Calgary, AB and surrounding areas, you want your grass to be able to withstand the warm, dry conditions.

There is no better way to position your lawn for a successful summer than performing aeration.

Let us help your lawn excel this spring!

You only want the best for your lawn. The same goes for us. At Prestige Outdoor Services, we would love to partner with you to help your grass excel this spring, summer, and beyond by aerating your turf! Our team of lawn care professionals is trained and experienced to provide top-notch aeration service that will take your turf to the next level. If you live in Calgary, Airdrie, Chestermere, AB or a nearby area, call us today at (403) 250-8464 to schedule a consultation. We look forward to hearing from you!