Aeration and Mowing

Local Lawn Care Aeration & Mowing Services Dublin Powell

Aeration is available in Powell, Dublin, Lewis Center and 43235.

Mowing available in Powell only.  

Mowing Services

Our mowing slots fill up quickly so if you are interested in a quote before the start of the mowing season, we will send a quote with all the details of our mowing service for your review and acceptance.    We do offer one time mows based on availability the week(s) of your request.

Aeration Services

Fill out our online request to receive a quick quote on aeration service.  If you would like to schedule, respond via email or call.  We will send over a service acceptance along with all instructions.  Upon receipt of your service approval, we will get you scheduled right away.  We provide core aeration to Dublin, Powell and the 43235 (Columbus) Zip Code.

Please Note:  If you have a fenced in yard with a gate size smaller than 48 inches, we will NOT be able to complete an aeration in the fenced area (our aerator will not fit).

What is Aeration? Should You be Aerating Your Lawn?

Compact soil prevents grass from establishing a healthy root system and keeps water and fertilizer from reaching the roots.  Aeration involves perforating the soil with small holes to allow air, water, and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots.  This helps the roots grow deeply and produce a stronger, more vigorous lawn.  

Walking, playing and mowing all compact soil and stress lawns.  Raindrops and irrigation further compact the soil, reducing large air spaces where roots readily grow.  

Your lawn needs to be aerated if any of these apply:

  1. If your lawn gets heavy use.  Children and pets running around the yard contribute to soil compaction.
  2. If you have a newly constructed home.  Often, the topsoil of newly constructed lawns is stripped or buried, and the grass established on subsoil has been compacted by construction traffic.
  3. If your grass dries out easily and has a spongy feel.  This might mean your lawn has an excessive thatch problem.  Take a shovel and remove a slice of lawn about four inches deep.  If the thatch layer is greater than one-half inch, aeration is recommended.
  4. If your lawn was established by sod.  Layering disrupts drainage, as water is held in the finer textured soil.  This leads to compacted conditions and poor root development.  Aerating breaks up the layering, allowing water to flow through the soil more easily and reach the roots.
  5. If you have heavy clay soil or there is a thatch layer of more than half an inch.
  6. If your lawn browns quickly when dry weather lingers or if you have thick stands of clover.
  7. If water tends to puddle after rains and takes a long time to drain.
  8. If grass growth stops in the heat of August and soil feels as hard as a rock.  

 

A Simple Aeration Test

An easy way to assess soil compaction is to push a screwdriver or pencil into it. In compacted soil, this task proves very difficult. To confirm compaction, use a shovel to excavate a square foot of turf with soil. If you can easily sink the shovel to a depth of half the blade, your soil isn’t compacted. But if you find yourself struggling to push the shovel into soil, maybe even jumping on it, you need to aerate.

When you dig up the grass and soil, look for thatch and grass roots. Thatch lies between the living grass blades and soil. If that layer is more than one-half inch thick, you need to aerate.

Look at grass roots extending into soil. If they reach 4-6 inches deep, your lawn doesn’t have a compaction problem. If, however, roots extend only 1-2 inches, you should consider aerating.

Timing on your dig test matters. Cool-season grass roots are longest in late spring; warm-season turf roots peak in fall.

When to Aerate Your Lawn

The best time for aeration is during the growing season when the grass can heal and fill in any open areas after soil plugs are removed.  With cool season grass, both spring and fall are ideal times to aerate.  In spring, aerate between late March and May.  Perform fall aeration between late August and November.  Aeration before or at the time of late season fertilization enhances root growth and improves spring green-up and growth.

Our Exmark Aerator Provides Exceptional Core Depth

The type of aeration equipment can determine how effective the treatment will be.  Turf responds best when core plugs are close and deep.  We use an Exmark Aerator providing a spacing of about 4 inches between the 48 coring tines (4.6 plugs per square foot) and depth up to 5 inches which will provide the best aerating results.    Our equipment has hollow tines that remove soil cores.  This will help relieve soil compaction, allowing your grass to grow deeper roots and make better use of water and fertilizer.   Our Exmark uses adjustable hydraulic pressure to drive the tines into the ground.  A massive 1,200 pounds of down pressure can be used to pull up to 5” plugs.  The two center tine sets are free turning, so it’s easy to aerate around trees and flower beds.  We have the best equipment to provide the best results!