De-Thatching 101: The Importance of Aeration

Are you familiar with thatch? Our team at Portage Turf Specialists LLC certainly is! You may have noticed thatch on your lawn. It’s a layer of stems, roots, debris, and dead grass that accumulates between the soil and the healthy grass—and if it becomes thick enough, it can cause serious damage to your lawn. Why? Because it becomes a playground for weeds, lawn diseases, insects, and grubs. Grubs alone can eat and destroy your lawn’s root system, so it’s important to keep heavy thatch at bay. It can also prevent enough air and water from reaching the soil. If thatch becomes a half inch or thicker on top of your yard, you’re at risk for these problems.

So How Do You Control Thatch?

Aeration is the best way, and aeration also has lots of other great benefits for your lawn. If you’re not familiar with aeration, it’s the process of punching lots and lots of small holes in the soil in order to break up compacted dirt and help promote deeper root systems by allowing oxygen and moisture in—which helps your lawn become much healthier. Not only does aeration break up the compacted soil, it also breaks up thatch, which decreases that risk of lawn disease, weeds, and grubs.

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De-thatching through aeration brings fresh soil above the problematic area in order to control natural decomposition. Along with aeration, we usually also do over-seeding to evenly distribute fresh seed over the lawn.

Lawns need a good de-thatching about once a year, or whenever the thatch gets to be around half-an-inch thick.

Our aeration services at Portage Turf help lawns stretch their root systems and progress into healthy areas. We provide naturally better lawn care to the communities of Kent, Ravenna, Aurora, and Hudson, OH, and we proudly offer a certified organic lawn-care program to make your lawn a little more “green”. Contact us at (330) 296-8873 to learn more, or schedule a free lawn analysis with us!

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