Lawn Aeration is the process of punching hundreds of small holes in your lawn and removing the soil cores. (hollow tine aeration). These processes help improve surface drainage, relieve compaction and encourage a strong healthy root zone. Soil, particularly heavy clay soil has a tendency to compact. The soil particles get pushed closer together by heavy rainfall or traffic on the surface making it difficult for moisture and gases essential for grass development to flow freely back and forth through the soil to the roots and surface. Leading to poor root development. Poorly developed roots – lead to weak grass which lowers drought and disease tolerance.
Compacted ground can have serious consequences for any lawn but can be helped by simply aerating the soil. Heritage can easily aerate your lawn to relieve compaction. We have professional aerating machines that move across the lawn surface punching metal cylindrical spikes into the ground making hundreds of small holes in the lawn. The cores sit on the surface layer of the lawn which can either be raked up and disposed of or left to break down naturally.
There are two types of tine used solid and hollow. Hollow tines enable the removal of soil cores. Which help manage troublesome thatch as well as aerating the ground. Solid tines do not remove cores and are used to spike the ground they tend to be used when hollow tines struggle to penetrate the surface or when you do not wish to shear the roots of the grass plants. Lawns should be regularly aerated to ensure that the grass roots are healthy and can develop.
Heavy soils will become compacted and need to be hollow tine aerated to reduce the effects of the compaction in the soil and can be top dressed with a 70% sand loam mix to improve soil ventilation. Over-seeding in conjunction with aeration is a great way to rejuvenate a tired lawn .
Hollow Tine Aeration mechanically removes cores of soil from the lawn to allow oxygen, nutrients and water to penetrate deep into the root zone, creating an ideal seed bed for over-seeding. The aeration process also allows new deeper root development and increases the density of the lawn.Thicker root growth leads to a more resilient greener lawn.