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Treat Thatch Build Up with Lawn Core Aeration

Your lawn has many enemies, like weeds, harmful insects and disease. Many times these enemies find a safe haven in the portion of a lawn called thatch. Thatch is the layer of decomposing grass, stems, roots and debris between the soil and the grass you see above it. Some amount of thatch is healthy, but when thatch becomes overgrown, you start to see the symptoms of these unwanted lawn enemies. 

Lawn core aeration is an important treatment for thatch accumulation and promotes overall lawn health by giving roots and soil access to air, water and fertilization. 

lawn aerationUnsightly, invasive weeds, such as dandelions, plantain, thistle and clovers, may infiltrate a lawn starting in the thatch. These weeds steal nutrients and space from grass, attract insects and can make the surface of your grass slippery.

Grass-eating insects, such as bill bugs, grubs and sod web worms, can kill patches of grass, leaving barren areas. These harmful insects find safe, protected surroundings in overgrown thatch.

Lawn diseases, such as snow mold, brown patch, necrotic ring spot and red thread, also kill grass and attack grass plants, causing a thinning turf cover. You’ll trace these nuisances back to thatch which has grown too thick.

So how does thatch become overgrown in a lawn? Ironically, thatch results from strong, thriving lawns. Healthy lawns develop a strong web of roots and lateral shoot growth that creates an intertwined layer, or in other words, thatch. 

Thatch has some benefits, but the problems created by excessive thatch outweigh the benefits. 

Lawn core aeration is the best way to reduce a thatch problem by removing plugs of soil, roots, shoots and grass plants. The core is then deposited on to the surface of the lawn and leaves a hole for air, water, and fertilizer - and if needed, allows seeds to find a home to germinate.

Contact us at (877) 944-4007 to schedule your core aeration today or click for a free estimate and customized lawn care program.