What is Core Aeration?
Core aeration is a lawn care technique that involves removing small plugs of soil, or “cores,” from the lawn. The process creates small holes in the lawn that allow water, air, and nutrients to penetrate deeper into the soil and reach the roots of the grass. This helps to improve the overall health and appearance of the lawn by reducing compaction, promoting deeper root growth, and reducing the amount of thatch. After aeration, the small plugs of soil will be left on top of the lawn and will eventually break down, adding organic matter back to the soil.
Core Aeration vs. Spike Aeration
It is important to note that there are different methods of aeration. Core aeration, as mentioned above, involves removing plugs of soil from the lawn, which helps to alleviate soil compaction and create space for water, nutrients, and new seed to get down into the soil. On the other hand, spike (or solid tine) aeration uses spikes to simply poke holes in the soil without actually removing anything. While it still creates holes for water, nutrients, and seed, this method doesn’t do anything to alleviate compaction; instead, it just redistributes the compacted soil. We are committed to providing the best service possible, and that’s why we only offer core aeration.
Frank is our one of a kind Frankensteinian all electric core aerator – the world’s first. When we first began offering core aeration services, electric core aerators were not yet available. Our options were to either use a manual core aerator like a Lawn Butler (which just wasn’t practical on a professional level) or build our own. We chose the latter, starting with a SuperHandy electric self-propelled wheelbarrow, we disassembled a pull-behind core aerator, and welded the two together. After a couple other small modifications to improve traction and durability, we were off the races. Frank isn’t much to look at, but he’ll make your lawn beautiful!