After professionals finish aerating your lawn in Oregon, you might notice 2-to 3-inch plugs of soil sitting on your lawn. Don't worry — this is completely normal and not an oversight. When your lawn is aerated, little holes are created in the soil to allow nutrients and other resources to reach the roots in your turf — the cores are plugs of soil from where these holes were created. While you may not love the way that they look, these cores can be extremely beneficial to your lawn because they are packed with nutrients. The best thing to do with the cores is to let them decompose naturally as they will return nutrients to your soil as they do so. Another option is to rake the cores. Raking them can speed up how fast they decompose into the soil and it will allow your lawn to still benefit from the nutrients. Finally, you can pick up the cores and throw them away; however, your lawn won't gain anything from the nutrients inside the cores, so this isn't recommended. Continue reading to learn more about how you can deal with the cores of soil that will be left on your lawn after it was core aerated.
The best option is to leave the cores alone and let them decompose naturally.
The best way to deal with the cores of soil that will be left on your lawn after it has been aerated is to leave them alone and let them decompose naturally. That's because these cores are filled with nutrients, and as they decompose, the nutrients will be returned to the soil! While they may not be the prettiest thing to look at, the pros of letting them decompose on their own far outweigh the cons!
Soil cores usually take about 2 weeks to break down, depending on the weather and other factors.
You can use a rake to speed up the decomposition process of the soil cores!
If you really don't like the cores of soil on your lawn but still want to take advantage of the nutrients that they contain, you can use a rake to break them down. By raking the cores, you can speed up the decomposition process and your lawn will still be able to absorb the nutrients that they contain. It's a win-win situation for property owners looking to enhance the aesthetics of their yards while also providing their lawns with additional nutrients.
You can pick up the cores and throw them away.
If you really can't stand how these cores look and want to get rid of them as soon as possible, you can just pick up the cores and remove them. However, this option is not recommended because your lawn won't be able to benefit from the nutrients that they contain. But, if you really want to and don't care about giving your lawn a boost in nutrients, you can just pick them up and throw them away.
Give us a call today to schedule our core aeration service!
At J&C Lawn Care, we offer a core aeration service that will loosen the compacted soil on your lawn so that nutrients and other resources can easily reach the roots of your grass. We will then leave the cores of soil on your lawn to decompose as they are filled with nutrients and will return those nutrients to your soil as they break down. We offer our core aeration service to property owners in Gresham, Happy Valley, Troutdale, and other surrounding cities in Oregon. Give us a call today at (971) 284-2035 to schedule our core aeration service.