Hollow Tine Lawn Aeration is the process of taking small plugs from the lawn, which is the best way of easing compaction and sub-surface thatch, allowing air, water and fertiliser to penetrate to the root zone. This is particularly effective at the beginning and end of the growing season. A lawn aerator can also help the lawn through drought stress conditions; enabling water retention in the crucial root zone.
What to expect
Your lawn treatment expert will arrive on a pre-arranged date to carry out your hollow tine aeration treatment. The length of time a hollow tine aeration will take is very much dependent upon the size of the area to be treated but for an average size lawn measuring 170m2 you should expect the treatment to be completed within 1 – 2 hours. The lawn aerator will be moved backwards and forwards across your lawn, removing plugs from the turf as it goes. The removal of these plugs will relieve compaction and allow air, water and nutrients to circulate within the soil to the roots of the grass. Once the treatment is complete your lawn will be covered with soil plugs but do not worry, it is Greensleeves’ policy to improve the appearance of your lawn and therefore we always rake them up and take away the debris with us.
To explain the process fully we have created the video to the right to show you what you can expect from an aeration treatment.
There are multiple types of lawn aerators available, each for doing different things to the lawn. A spike aerator pokes holes into the lawn, allowing it to have greater access to the air, water and nutrients. These come in the form of hand held, aerator shoes or rolling aerators. Although this will help the lawn a little, it is not the most effective way to aerate a lawn. At Greensleeves Lawn Care, we use hollow tining, which is also known as core aerators or plug aerators. This process removes cores of soil from your lawn, allowing the air and water to reach deeper into the sub-surface soil. This breaks down the most heavily compacted soil, whereas a spike aerator can further compact the soil around the area you have spiked.
Why does my lawn need aerating?
Over time most soils will become compacted, squashing the particles together and reducing the grasses ability to grow well. This compaction will itself cause a number of problems, such as increasing the likelihood of the lawn becoming flooded or water logged. Compacted soils are much more likely to become infested with weeds such as daisies or moss. The roots are unable to access the nutrients they require, so the grass tends to be thin weak and pale in compacted soils.
If thatch is a problem in your lawn, then the best way to reduce its impact on the turf growth is through lawn aeration.
How often does my lawn need aerating?
A lawn cannot be over aerated as long as it is not damaged. In most cases, it’s the more often the better. As a rule, Greensleeves tend to suggest that it is carried out every year, but as all soil types / lawns and situations are different it is really something that needs to be discussed individually with your Lawn Manager. Your lawn manager will constantly be assessing your lawn and will highlight to you any problems they detect and advise you when they believe hollow tine aeration is required.
We are the best company to aerate your lawn for you, we can also provide a topdressing service as well as overseeing and reseeding of your lawns or lawns.
When we scarify your lawn or lawns, we always aerate as well. This is part of our lawn renovation service.