Aeration & Dethatching


Over time, a typical turf will become compact leading to thatch build up as well as greatly reducing air, water, and nutrient absorption. With less nutrients and compacted soil, grass roots cannot thrive. Minimally invasive aeration techniques leave the ground surface more capable of absorbing these vital elements. Best results are produced through a fall aeration combined with an overseeding.


Thatch is not caused by leaving grass clippings behind as widely thought. Instead, thatch is an indication that dead plant stems and roots are not being broken down as quickly as new growth is taking place. Dethatching involves the removal of the matted layer of dead and decaying plant material. Once the initial thatch layer is removed, watering efficiency and fertilizing effectiveness are maximized.


Overseeding is a very effective way to minimize undesirable turf by building the turf density of desirable grasses. This process is particularly effective after aeration or dethatching because the exposed and/or aerated soil bed is now ready to accept the introduction of the new seeds.