Also known as core aeration or soil cultivation, turf aeration is the process of removing small holes of turf from your lawn, so more oxygen can be absorbed into the root system. These small holes of turf are removed using a specially designed lawn coring machine.
All turf on the Gold Coast needs sunlight, fertiliser and water to stay healthy. Over time, your lawn can become compacted by a build-up of organic matter and become hard to penetrate. This organic build-up is called thatch. A thick layer of thatch is bad because its stops air and water from infiltrating your turf’s root system, starving the soil beneath your lawn of valuable nutrients.
Not all turf requires aeration! Your turf only needs the help of a lawn coring machine if it:
Tip: You can determine if you have a problem with thick thatch quite easily. Simply, take a shovel and use it to remove a small slice of turf. If the layer of thatch is more than 2cm thick, then aeration is recommended!
Essentially, turf aeration is best when your lawn is most thriving. On the Gold Coast, the most active growing season for your backyard is summer and spring. This would be the perfect time to have the Focal Point Landscape Maintenance team provide a turf aeration service.
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If your turf has a thick layer of thatch, as well as tightly packed soil beneath, then you’re the perfect candidate for turf aeration. Turf aeration has a range of benefits including:
Assuming you’re caring for your garden adequately and the Gold Coast weather helps you out a little bit, you can expect to see healthier turf in anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks. The more you care for your garden, the quicker you will see results.
What happens to the small holes is up to you! You’ve got two choices: