Combining Core-Aeration and Slice Seeding gives your lawn twice the soil exposure. In addition it relieves soil compaction, so that new roots can easily penetrate and establish. What’s the Benefit? Core aeration can open up your lawn to getting a lot more of what it needs for recovery from summer stress and for just plain good health. An aerator pulls out thousands of plugs of thatch and soil, each about the size of a finger from your lawn. The hollow blades of the aerator cut through the thatch layer and into the soil, then leave the plugs to decompose on top of the ground. The wide open paths where the plugs used to be allow for easy penetration of life-giving air, water and nutrients. Many of our current customers have us Core Aerate their lawns yearly. Slice seeding is the method of actually applying seed but also creating “proper” growth pockets for new seedlings. Now you can get the best of both worlds! You’ll gain maximum germination as well as all of the benefits of Core Aeration. Additionally, all the plugs left from aeration will help when our slice seeder runs over your lawn. It will help break down the cores quicker and at the same time utilize them to sew in seed for the best result! After such a hard summer on lawns, renovating your lawn in such a way dramatically improves your turf stand for years to come! What about Thatch? Thatch is the layer just above the soil of decaying plant life-mainly dead grass stems, crowns and roots. Even if you use a mulching mower, thatch continues to build up, forming a habitat for insects and disease. Aeration is an easy way to break through the thatch and open up the soil beneath. How about Your Soil Composition? Soil, especially if it has lots of clay like here in the Hudson Valley, can become compacted and dense. It’s hard for anything, including roots of plants, to get through. Taking out plugs gives the soil a new lease on life. Soil and roots can expand into the created spaces. It’s also easier for worms and other helpful insects to move through the soil bed. And, as an extra benefit, as the plugs left on the lawn’s surface break up, they mix with the thatch and help it decompose. Every lawn benefits from aeration at least once a year.