Lawn Aeration - Hollow Tine & Solid Tine Aeration Service

What Is Aeration?

Aeration is is one of the single most important procedures you can carry out on grass. It prunes roots off, opens up oxygen pathways and removes small thatch plugs from a lawn. Aeration is also an essential process to help reduce moss levels.

Over time, as a lawn receives a lot of use and foot traffic, the soil becomes hard and compact, meaning the grass is affected by the poor environment below. When the soil becomes highly compact, the lawn can easily become a little waterlogged as moisture cannot pass through into the soil properly.

Aeration treatments are carried out during the winter between November and March. However, we may recommend a different time of year for specific lawns.

In order to consistently maintain a healthy lawn, aeration must be carried out annually.

The Benefits of Aerating Your Lawn

  • Reduces the compaction of the soil.
  • Improves drainage.
  • Reduces moss levels.
  • Encourages healthy root growth.
  • Increases root depth.
  • Helps lawns become more drought resistant.
  • Reduces water runoff.
  • Helps to break down thatch.
  • Allows water, air and nutrients to have direct access to the root system.
  • Makes it easier to over-seed your lawn.
  • Improves gas exchanges between the soil and atmosphere.
  • Stimulates soil microbes.

Hollow-tine or Solid-tine?

Lawn Master can provide two types of aeration. They are hollow-tine and solid-tine aeration. Hollow-tine removes cores from the lawn and throws them onto the surface. Solid-tine is similar, but no cores are removed. Instead, the machine punches a hole into the lawn without leaving messy cores on the surface.

The most important factor to consider is whether the type of aeration being offered is the correct type for your lawn, to ensure that it is beneficial. For example, if you have a clay soil-based lawn, then hollow-tine aeration would not provide any benefits, where as solid-tine aeration would.

Although hollow-tine aeration can further reduce the compaction of the soil, the vast majority of lawns in the UK only require solid-tine aeration. One of the advantages of solid-tine aeration is that no cores are left on the surface of the lawn, therefore there is no mess to clear afterwards.

Solid-tine aeration is included once per year in our standard treatment programme.

Aeration Process Diagram