Hollow-tine Aeration is the process of taking small plugs from the lawn. Air is one of your lawn’s vital elements alongside water, nutrients and sunlight. Increasing the airflow to the root zone is an important phase of lawn maintenance and should be carried out annually.
Over time, most soils will become compacted as the particles squash together, reducing the grass’s ability to grow well. This compaction will itself cause a number of problems and will increase the likelihood of the lawn becoming flooded or water-logged.
Compacted soils are much more likely to become infested with either moss, or weeds such as daisies and dandelions.
In compacted soils, the roots are unable to grow and reproduce and therefore unable to access the nutrients they require. The grass plants will start to grow tufted and bare patches will start to appear over time.
Grass also tends to be weak and pale in compacted soils. Improving the airflow will help new roots to develop, and in turn will improve the quality of your lawn.
Hollow-tine Aeration is also the best way of easing thatch as the increased amount of air, water and fertiliser penetrating to the root zone will help to break thatch down naturally. This is particularly effective at the beginning and end of the growing season.